Get Beyond the Hype and Put Multi-Cloud Management into Practice

    April 10, 2017
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    By Scott Adams

    Multi-cloud is the use of multiple cloud providers. And multi-cloud can provide the best possible experience for users by eliminating downtime.

    Using multi-cloud is a common practice. According to RightScale, 85 percent of enterprises currently employ a multi-cloud strategy.

    At this year’s Google Cloud Next conference, Waze Site Reliability Engineer Nir Tarcic talked about their use of multi-cloud. They utilize multiple providers for their mission critical services to ensure the best experience for their users.

    While multi-cloud is common, multi-cloud management is not. And that’s a problem. Your enterprise needs to operate and monitor infrastructures, platforms, and SaaS models. Without multi-cloud management, you might find yourself unable to untangle the mess and understand your environment.

    It’s time to take control of multi-cloud—and make it a competitive advantage for your organization.

    Flexibility vs. Cost in Multi-Cloud Environments

    Cloud computing needs to be flexible. Period.

    But the public cloud isn’t as flexible—or efficient—as it ought to be. Let’s say your primary application is CPU-intensive—but it isn’t memory- or storage-intensive. The standard instance that provides the right CPU might provide too much memory and storage. So you wind up paying for something you don’t necessarily need or use.

    Private clouds offer more flexibility. In fact, they give cloud managers comprehensive control over every functional level (hardware, operating systems, cloud platforms, and applications).

    In theory, this makes the private cloud a great remedy for standard instance inefficiencies. The private cloud can be customized to meet your unique computing needs, given the right resources. But unless your enterprise is massive, relying solely on a private cloud can be cost-prohibitive.

    Is it possible to get the best of both worlds—flexibility and cost-effectiveness?

    It can be—with multi-cloud management. For instance, you can run higher-value workloads in the private cloud. And you can migrate less essential workloads to a public cloud.

    Containerization is a Must in the Multi-Cloud

    There are many ways to minimize cloud costs. Engaging the multi-cloud is one of the most common—and effective—cost-cutting methods available.

    So, it’s not unusual to see enterprises combine a private cloud with multiple public clouds. But doing that across hybridized multi-cloud environments requires containerization.

    Containerization is a method for deploying and running applications without launching a unique virtual machine (VM) for each application.

    Without containerization, a hypervisor would need to create a new VM instance for every application. Each instance would need to be running its own virtualized guest OS, too. This drains capacity.

    Containerization doesn’t require an individual guest OS. And they require less physical IT infrastructure than VMs. Plus, containers can be moved around within the multi-cloud at will (as long as they’re compatible).

    Using containerized workloads can give you an efficiency boost—and help you save big time.  

    How Multi-Cloud Management Software Can Help

    When you’re working in the multi-cloud, you need to have your eye on the future. What will you need from multi-cloud down the line?

    That can be difficult to discern if you try to manage multi-cloud on a manual, ad hoc basis.

    Luckily, multi-cloud management software can help get the flexibility and cost-saving you need.

    Multi-cloud management software—like that offered by TeamQuest—gives cloud managers the key to multi-cloud success. You’ll be able to collect, analyze, and monitor system performance data across private clouds, public clouds, and on-premises servers.

    Interested in learning more about multi-cloud management? Join us for How to Do Capacity Management in the Cloud on Thursday, December 14 at 9:00 a.m. CT.

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