5 Tips for Managing Multiple Cloud Providers

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Cloud adoption continues to rise and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. As companies become more comfortable with the cloud platform as a tool, they are moving farther from on-prem setups. The newest trend shows many groups now using multi-cloud solutions. RightScale 201 State of the Cloud Report found that 81% of respondents have a multi-cloud environment. The organizational average was just under 5 clouds, including production and test environments.

Why Multi-Cloud? – Each cloud provider has different strengths and weaknesses to offer. Using multiple clouds lets you take advantage of the best tools and applications for your workloads without limiting your resources. It can also be strategic as companies can shift workloads to their various platforms depending on current prices and availability parameters.

Adopting a multi-cloud environment can help take your workload management to the next level, but it can also come with some challenges to prepare for. Here are 5 tips to help you manage multiple cloud providers.

  1. Choose Wisely – Don’t be suckered in by low rates and storage fees. Those numbers can (and will) change. The more important factor is to select the clouds that have key features you need. Look at the applications and services to be sure you are selecting the right ones from the get go. A poor selection can end up costing more in the long run.
  2. Watch Out for Security Issues – More clouds mean more points of access. When you are trying to manage multiple APIs it’s important to watch out for potential security issues. This means understanding the security and vulnerabilities of each cloud provider in your solution and developing a security strategy to manage each of them. For many organizations, it is more efficient to contract out security to professionals who are intimately knowledgeable about the cloud vulnerabilities and can continuously monitor for potential threats.
  3. Know Your Configuration – The first step to managing your cloud strategy is making sure each platform is correctly configured. This means really doing your research. You should go into your configuration with an idea of which tasks each cloud should perform. Understanding the overall strategy will help you make sure each cloud is configured for its purpose. The overall solution is dependent on each piece playing its part well.
  4. Don’t Overcomplicate It – Focus on trying to streamline the architecture without getting too distracted by the bells and whistles. Additional services can be useful but will also complicate your solution. Your first goal should be to align the architecture of each platform so that you can simplify your management protocols.
  5. Use an Orchestration Tool – Orchestration tools are great for abstracting the differences between your various cloud platforms. This means that you can create a single configuration model and really simplify your management. Orchestration tools do carry some cost but save a lot in time and productivity. They can even automate your workflows for you. If you’re on a budget, management tools can be written in house, but be prepared to contribute a lot of time to this project. It also requires a good understanding of abstraction principles, so if you’re not an expert you’ll be doing a lot of reading.

Multi-cloud environments are incredibly valuable to organizations. They allow for targeted workload management, flexibility, and even cost savings. Once you understand the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them you can create a multi-cloud environment that is easy to manage too! Dobler Consulting is a full spectrum database service with 10 years of experiencing helping companies strategize and execute workload management solutions. Our cloud migration services and expertise can help you streamline your workloads and manage a multi-cloud environment. From project planning, to configuration, or even ongoing managed services, Dobler Consulting can help take care of your database needs. For more information, visit www.doblerconsulting.com or call us at +1 (813) 322-3240 (US) /+1 (416) 646-0651 (Canada).