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5 Errors to Dodge in a Multi-Cloud Strategy

Your company is dealing with multiple cloud providers and require more storage space, flexibility, and accessibility for in-house and client data. While implementing the multi-cloud strategy, you will face some distractions and roadblocks. In this article at the Enterprisers Project, Kevin Casey talks about the 5 errors CIOs make when they are just starting out with their multi-cloud strategy.

How Cloud Can Give You Headaches

Maintaining multiple vendors needs major investment and requires a longer timeline to realize benefits. So, below are some advice for you from veteran multi-cloud specialists.

  1. Jack of All Clouds, Master of None: Test and rectify the functionalities of your current cloud services first before going for a multi-cloud strategy. Handling multi-SaaS applications do not make your employees an expert in cloud adoption. Electric Cloud CTO and co-founder Anders Wallgren points out that the ability to adopt cloud services is not dependent on familiarity with the vendors. Check if your employees are comfortable in this new environment. Identify the procedures and systems that need updates.
  2. More Options, More Loopholes: Accessing information in a single cloud platform itself is problematic, when things go haywire. Consider how difficult it would be to deal with connected multi-cloud services without a plan. Amin Lalji, a certified cloud architect and instructor at Learning Tree International and senior manager at EY Canada, insists that creating a management and operational framework is mandatory for a multi-cloud strategy. To have a smooth run, select the vendor that suits the corporate infrastructure to maximize benefits.
  3. Multi-Cost Management: Have a blueprint about how to manage cost in a multi-cloud setting, insists Eric Sanders, a cloud services consultant at Shore Group. Though you realize more benefits from multiple cloud services, testing the facilities without any plan can be hazardous.
  4. Security Is A Shared Responsibility: Multiple cloud structure is still not common. The industry is yet to create standardized protocols around it. Gordon Haff, a Red Hat technology evangelist, remarks that you cannot avoid shouldering security responsibilities. Just because you are working on the provider’s server does not mean you can escape liability.
  5. Service Control and Monitoring: If you are adopting multi-cloud facility, ensure you know what services you are expecting from the vendors. Have a clear concept about the services you are availing and the benefits you expect from them in terms of infrastructure and functionalities.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2018/4/multi-cloud-strategy-5-mistakes-avoid

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