Businesses of all sizes are shifting some or all of their data and applications to the cloud to ensure high availability and scalability. However, in the last few years, there has been a change in ‘how’ organizations deploy the cloud in an increasingly multi-cloud reality, with hybrid cloud as the dominant cloud delivery model to tackle issues like vendor lock-ins. That said, many businesses that are new to the multi- and hybrid cloud rush through setting up environments without a foundational strategy on automation, security, and integration, leading to inconsistency and redundancy issues. The rise of hybrid and multi-cloud brings along many challenges that can potentially derail an organization’s digital transformation efforts.
Challenges in hybrid and multi-cloud adoptions
As enterprises rush to access the cloud’s computing powers, cloud and IT admins often find it difficult to manually orchestrate, track, and scale applications and resources across diverse cloud environments. Due to multiple individuals trying to perform configurations, discrepancies like data silos, lack of governance, and security snags start to materialize. Adding to this, a lack of strategy for supporting business and IT goals and managing associated risks and costs can lead to enterprise challenges in areas like:
Cloud infrastructure deployment and configuration
From integrating management into deploying and orchestrating cloud services in the multi-vendor landscape to steering corporate resources toward compliance, enterprises end up deploying multiple capital-intensive cloud management tools in addressing any cloud infrastructure and configuration needs.
The learning curve for cloud environment management
As the cloud footprint of an organization grows, there is a need for visibility into different cloud environments, integrations, and architectural considerations. Here, the learning curve to gain and manage this visibility becomes longer and more complex without a one-stop management platform.
Many businesses lack a tracking portal facility for provisioning requests and a single interface to monitor deployment audit logs for compliance. This creates traceability and governance issues over cloud deployments in the long run.
Training and hiring initiatives with cloud and automation SMEs
Enterprises face a significant challenge in training and hiring cloud and automation SMEs. There is a huge skill gap in becoming familiar with an organization’s legacy technologies and then training for new skills and systems to be better positioned to enforce a successful multi- or hybrid cloud strategy.
Implementation and rollouts
Enterprises face a lack of agility in cloud implementation and rollouts due to inconsistent workflows across cloud environments, data silos, poor collaboration, and multiple complex processes. These bottlenecks further hinder the ability of businesses to fully operationalize their multi- and hybrid cloud environments.
The ideal solution for hybrid and multi-cloud environments must accommodate automated provisioning through standard Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and configuration management tools, along with self-healing for compliance.
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