1Prep for multi-cloud computing-
An introduction to multi-cloud
Finding a cloud model that works for you shouldn't be like traveling without a GPS. With multi-cloud computing, you can mix and match public cloud services to meet your enterprise's unique needs. But before heading down that road, it's important to understand the ins and outs of a multi-cloud deployment, including the benefits and challenges. Here's a closer look at the evolution of multi-cloud computing in the enterprise and what cloud admins can expect.
2Weigh cloud vendor options-
Selecting providers for multi-cloud
Choosing providers for a multi-cloud environment can be just as difficult, if not more difficult, than choosing a single cloud provider. IT pros must carefully evaluate vendors to determine which offer the services they need and fit within their budget. But organizations should also remember that, even after they make their choice, there is no need to put down permanent roots. Continuously assess selected providers and know when it's time to pack up and leave for another one.
IaaS vendors such as AWS, Azure and Google haven't always played well with each other. Now, as enterprises demand portability across clouds, they are starting to enable this model -- but there is more work to be done. Continue Reading
When evaluating cloud providers for multi-cloud computing, determine which blend of services fits your business and cloud needs -- and always keep integration in mind. Continue Reading
Understanding all the ins and outs of multi-cloud computing can be difficult -- especially when choosing a provider. Consider using a cloud service broker to point you in the right direction. Continue Reading
3Management and development-
Multi-cloud management and development considerations
Infrastructure management in a multi-cloud model can introduce a boatload of obstacles. Before jumping in, test the waters by mapping the features you need to the possible services or tools that can help you manage them. As multi-cloud computing becomes more common, vendors are developing new management tools to help you track expenses and resources across cloud platforms. In addition, always develop apps with portability in mind to ensure smooth sailing on your multi-cloud voyage.
Enterprises strive for that one cloud management tool to rule them all, but it is still largely out of reach. However, there are some tools that excel at providing visibility into multi-cloud environments. Continue Reading
APIs are an important part of cloud deployment. And because multi-cloud computing requires organizations to work with multiple APIs, an API management strategy is key. Continue Reading
A multi-cloud strategy enables enterprises to build more redundant systems and optimize deployments, but adds its own brand of complexities. Use these tips and tools to overcome them. Continue Reading
Two abstraction models -- resource and orchestration -- can simplify multi-cloud management tasks. Follow this advice to see which method is right for you. Continue Reading
User self-service issues increase with multi-cloud, especially when it comes to integration -- and it seems most enterprises put this challenge on the back burner. Continue Reading
There are a lot of moving parts in a multi-cloud strategy, all of which need to be secured. Use this handbook to assess your options to protect multi-cloud workloads. Continue Reading
When developers set out to build multi-cloud applications, they should pay close attention to automation, sensitive data and how they provide a single point of entry for users. Continue Reading
4Multi-cloud cost optimization-
Manage multi-cloud costs
Enterprises want their cloud environment to perform well, but also need to pay attention to their bottom line. Cost management and optimization is a huge endeavor with a single cloud platform, and the use of multiple clouds creates even more complexity. There are several aspects of a multi-cloud strategy that can increase your bill, such as network integration and traffic costs, so enterprises need to carefully monitor these areas. Fortunately, there are native and third-party cost-management tools to track and optimize spending.
To keep multi-cloud costs under control, admins need to carefully set up user access policies, choose the right tool set and be smart about vendor negotiations. Continue Reading
Traffic charges can quickly add up on a cloud bill, especially if data regularly moves into and off of a platform. Use these tips to avoid steep networking costs. Continue Reading
When you adopt a multi-cloud model, you have to adapt to a new cost management strategy, as well. Both top providers and third-party vendors offer tools to monitor spending and avoid any surprises. Continue Reading
5Terms to know for multi-cloud -
Before you adopt a multi-cloud model, it's important to understand the key terminology. Whether you're an IT pro using multi-cloud today, or just want to get a better grasp on the concept, here are definitions you should know.