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Your Guide to Multicloud Part 3: Why I&O Leaders Lay Awake Worrying About Multicloud (And How CSPs Can Help!)

In this article, we will address the top worries that I&O leaders have about multicloud environment deployments and provide a brief introduction on how you can fix each of these potential issues with internal skills or by working with a cloud solutions provider with expertise in multicloud environments. 

Part One touched briefly on potential concerns that can arise from an ineffective cloud setup; these concerns resemble some of the most frustrating issues experienced with legacy, on-premises systems.  

The life of a CIO, CTO, or I&O leader is filled with IT frustrations, and midnight worries about potential issues are nothing new to seasoned IT professionals. However, in an improperly set up multicloud environment, potential issues are multiplied and magnified – and can be made exponentially worse by improper end-user behaviors or unintentionally permissive policies.

 

5 Potential Multicloud Issues That Keep I&O Leaders Awake at Night

Unless your IT setup is carefully planned, implemented, and policed, there can be many opportunities for issues to arise that can fill your department’s days with constant fires that need putting out (best case scenario) or complete system meltdown and irretrievable data loss (worst case scenario). Each of these scenarios forms a nightmare situation for already overtaxed I&O leaders. When these issues arise in multicloud environments, they can be extremely complex to remedy. 

5 of the most common reasons for such nightmare situations include: 

1. Spaghetti code

Just as legacy systems were cobbled together from numerous, ad-hoc add-ons, improperly managed multicloud systems will also feature a collection of after-the-fact point solutions. These likely do not integrate well (if at all) with other cloud solutions, including your underlying IaaS and PaaS layers. Holes in spaghetti code can also result in inaccurate data transfer and invisible data leakage, which can lead to compliance and security concerns. 

2. Shadow IT

What causes spaghetti cloud code? Usually you can blame shadow IT. Legacy, on-premises systems were known for hiding extensive shadow IT applications, but the easy-to-install nature of cloud services and solutions exponentiate the problems of shadow IT if automated policies are not set in place early on. The low entry costs of SaaS apps can result in duplicate apps across LOBs, each featuring varying update levels that may or may not adequately protect the data that is invisibly siloed within them. 

3. Siloed data

With the advance of unauthorized, yet still connected IoT and devices, cloud data that was meant to be fully visible and provide a “single source of truth,” can often be locked away into siloed SaaS apps that interrupt the free flow of real-time, relevant data across the enterprise. This can lead to data latency and data integrity issues when a distributed cloud setup is added to the mix. 

4. Surprising cost overruns

Cloud’s flexible and scalable architecture is one of its biggest draws, and the varying storage prices across large clouds like Amazon, Oracle, Google, and Azure can be one of the most impressive selling points for multicloud deployments. Storing data in the multicloud can deliver a range of benefits as enterprises take advantage of the best each cloud service has to offer, from analytics to AI, machine learning, and beyond. However, storing large amounts of data in each cloud can increase your cloud costs (and your data integration tasks) significantly.

5. Frustration with I&O team response times

Trying to integrate spaghetti code while limiting shadow IT, siloed data, and cost overruns is a tough job (in addition to your regular job duties), and it takes a detail-oriented, energetic, and extensive team to succeed. 

When the IT team is also forced to troubleshoot problems with unauthorized IT additions, that task can take up all of your team’s remaining energy and patience. Inevitably, putting out all these fires can slow your response times for long-term projects – and that inevitably leads to enterprise-wide dissatisfaction with your team. 

Now is not the time to invite dissatisfaction with the IT department.

 

How Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) Can Help Solve All of These Issues

Fortunately, all of these issues can be avoided, eliminated, or mitigated by focusing on careful multicloud architecture, security, permissions, and management, all of which can be handled by an outsourced cloud service provider that will handle all the details for you. 

An experienced cloud managed services provider can help by offering various solutions to these issues, including: 

  • “Single pane of glass” cloud usage and resource monitoring
  • Policy replication across cloud platforms
  • Data integrity certifications for shared data lakes
  • Integration tools that limit data latency issues
  • Compliance monitoring and control
  • Basic, day-to-day administration tasks on each of your cloud platforms

We will discuss each of these more in the next part of the series. 

The tech world has long been ruled by projects that prioritize timely execution over perfection. Software is shipped with the expectation that “the bugs will be worked out later.” DevOps is run on the concept of minimum viable products. Enterprise solution implementations value strict adherence to go-live dates over strict adherence to making sure everything works seamlessly on Day 1. 

For effective multicloud environments, this thinking must change, which means you will need to ensure that your internal team holds highly specific cloud skillsets and talents – or you will need to ensure that you are working with a cloud solutions provider that can fill in these skills for you when you need them. 

 

With a history of more than 20 years spent helping enterprises select, implement, optimize, and support the precise business technology they require, the experienced multicloud cloud solution provider (CSP) team at Centroid is the right choice to trust for your carefully planned multicloud deployment. 

As one of the most experienced cloud partners in the Oracle ecosystem, Centroid offers unique insight that you can leverage to make sure your Oracle solutions deliver seamless performance, whether you choose to host or integrate them with Oracle Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or Azure. Better yet, the Centroid team can handle the details for you, so you can take full advantage of the wide-ranging benefits of a strategic multicloud environment – with none of the management headaches

I&O leaders at many of today’s leading global enterprises, including Toshiba, Subaru, and Overstock.com, have trusted the expertise of Centroid’s cloud solution provider (CSP) team to support and simplify management for their cloud setups – and you can too! 

 

Simply contact Centroid online or at (877) 868-1753 to set up your multicloud consultation with one of our world-class multicloud solution providers today. 

 

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