5 Key Questions to Ask for Successful Multicloud Management

By now, you’ve surely heard about the trailblazing Azure/Oracle integration from 2019 that allows enterprise users to access critical business capabilities across a fully shared, fully compatible workload between the two cloud platforms. The powerhouse combination delivers incredible value to nearly every mid-sized to large company on the planet because it provides real multicloud ability to users of Oracle and Microsoft products.

But the Azure/Oracle integration is only the start of a huge leap forward in the multicloud space. With big advances on the horizon, it’s now time to plan your multicloud strategy.

Plan faster and smarter with help from the multicloud experts at Centroid. The award-winning Oracle partners have a 20+ year history of helping enterprises like yours do more, faster and better than ever before, by leveraging the Oracle workloads on every major cloud. Start planning your multicloud roadmap now.

Multicloud Strategy – Where to Focus Your Attention

Not sure where to start with your multicloud adoption? It’s best to approach planning for your multi-vendor cloud strategy the same way you would approach any multi-vendor IT project: methodically.

The #1 thing you need to be methodical about is assessing compatibility.

We Cannot Stress This Enough: Focus on Compatibility

Multicloud infrastructure setups offer nearly unlimited flexibility and agility to forward-thinking enterprise leaders, but companies that neglect to plan carefully for full compatibility will end up with ugly workarounds that negate the very flexibility they seek.

Don’t forget any area of compatibility in your multicloud or hybrid multicloud setup, including:

  • On-premises solution compatibility
  • ISV or other third-party solution compatibility
  • Custom application/integration compatibility
  • Cloud Service Provider (CSP) monitoring systems compatibility
  • Infrastructure compatibility
  • Testing and validation compatibility
  • Licensing compatibility

Assessing compatibility between today’s modern multicloud solutions can be a time-consuming process because technology is constantly changing, and each new update may impact compatibility. To get this right, it’s best to work with Oracle multicloud experts.

Before you speak with the experts, you may want to determine your current setup and needs. You can do this by asking yourself a series of questions.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself

As you’re beginning your multicloud strategy, consider your answers to the following four questions. The way you answer each question will greatly impact your multicloud capabilities and the way you should structure your multicloud approach.

1. Where do you expect to access your data most often?

One of the largest unexpected changes that companies face after moving key data to the cloud lies in data egress, which can affect both latency and cost. Data egress occurs when you move data out of a cloud.

To ensure full compatibility, reduced latency, and multicloud cost control, enterprise I&O leaders should ensure that they avoid data egress by storing connected data on the same cloud.

2. What is your current and planned mix of third-party ISV solutions and clouds?

Not all third-party solutions work with all clouds, and not all clouds deliver the same capabilities. For example, licensing Oracle workloads to run on Google Cloud Platform isn’t a straightforward process and, though running Oracle on Google is a great choice, enterprises that select this combination will need to work with a GCP partner that can co-locate workloads on fully managed servers.

When planning your strategy, it is worth taking the time to carefully investigate the offerings every cloud platform and ISV provides. Sometimes there are very similar alternatives that can fit your needs and budget perfectly, if you’re willing to expand to a new cloud.

3. Have you measured your data gravity and entanglement?

A recent Gartner paper clarified the difference between data gravity and data entanglement. You can read the full paper here (it’s fascinating but requires a Gartner login), or you can get the summary below from us.

Data gravity refers to the amount of data (the “weight” of the data, if you will) that you have in a specific cloud or on-premises environment. A lot of data would lead to heavy data gravity. Evidence of heavy data gravity should prompt you to consider the resulting data entanglement.

Data entanglement indicates the amount of data that is interconnected in the way you use it. If you have entangled data across multiple environments, it can lead to latency issues, as the data must be fetched from other environments or regions prior to usage.

As you can imagine, data gravity and entanglement create a compatibility interplay of their own, especially when it comes to multicloud data backup. It is of the utmost importance that you ensure you can precisely measure these factors in your own environment and that you take them into account during your workload planning process.

4. Do you have a strategic CSP partner you are working with already?

There is no reason to sugarcoat the facts: planning and achieving a coherent multicloud strategy is an extremely complex process to architect and manage. However, the benefits that the multicloud delivers in terms of cost optimization, performance, and agility are immense.

If you have a strategic multicloud consulting partner (or CSP) already, make sure they can meet your specific multicloud needs. In other words, make sure your CSP has the appropriate knowledge, certifications, vendor partnerships, and experience to bring you a seamless cloud integration. Your CSP should also have a collection of proven multicloud deployment tools that ease the process of workload migration. Ask your CSP in-depth questions about their expertise, and make sure they provide you with detailed, clear answers that help you understand whether they fully fit your requirements and preferences.

If you’re not confident your CSP can meet your requirements, or if you do not yet have a strategic CSP partner, we’d like to introduce you to the multicloud experts at Centroid.

Meet Your Strategic CSP Partner: Centroid

Centroid is regarded within the Oracle community as one of the most knowledgeable Oracle partners – we’re seen as true experts in the full Oracle tech stack and cloud stack, as well as one of the leading pioneers in the Oracle Cloud space.

But the Centroid team isn’t solely focused on Oracle; we’re THE business tech consultants to trust when you’re planning to seamlessly migrate your Oracle workloads to AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. You can count on our experts for multicloud strategy planning and a smooth, full, fast migration to the cloud of your choice. You can also count on us for the ongoing support and multicloud managed services you’ll need after migration too.

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