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SolarWinds 2021 Predictions: Rethinking Multi-Cloud

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Rethinking Multi-Cloud

By Patrick Hubbard, Head Geek, SolarWinds

The benefits of a multi-cloud strategy have been hyped significantly and include everything from flexibility and reliability to cost-performance optimization. But deploying data and workloads across multiple clouds shouldn't be an industry best practice. According to a 2020 IDG® survey, 55% of organizations use two or more public clouds, but 79% struggle to achieve synergy across their multiple platforms. Now and in the future, we'll see a growing number of companies rethink multi-cloud or consolidate around a single cloud provider.

With multi-cloud adoption, there's a lag between initial investment and deployment. Those who first started with a multi-cloud strategy may grow to realize how expensive and quickly complicated it can get, making the return on investment (ROI) questionable. It's expensive because it requires a high level of understanding for each target platform, a strong development team, an observability and monitoring focus, orchestration-first processes, nearly complete change automation, and more. For most businesses, there are also some lost cost opportunities because not all cloud providers offer the same services mix, especially for advanced services-and this is where things start to get more complicated. Businesses must develop and maintain advanced cross-cloud services in-house for anything not common to all target platforms.

As we see organizations rethink multi-cloud, they must also think about what success looks like. This usually depends on two "must-haves." First, businesses pursuing a multi-cloud strategy must either wield a high-performing, DevOps-focused team of IT professionals or have the budget to outsource multi-cloud engineering and monitoring to someone else. Second, they must have a well-researched case for why they believe multi-cloud will meet their business needs in the first place.


About the Author

Patrick Hubbard, Head Geek, SolarWinds

Patrick Hubbard 

An accomplished technologist with over 20 years of experience, Hubbard's career includes software development, operations, product management and marketing, technology strategy, and advocacy. An unapologetic market-hype deconstructionist, Hubbard is passionate about arming technology professionals with the tools and skills to deliver services that delight, not just satisfy, users. Hubbard's current focus is helping enterprises adopt cloud-native and DevOps techniques that deliver the business transformation CIOs increasingly demand.

Since joining SolarWinds in 2007, Hubbard has combined his technical expertise with an IT customer perspective to drive product strategy, launch the Head GeeksTM, develop and manage the SolarWinds Certified Professional® (SCP) and SolarWinds® Academy Training Classes programs, and create the SolarWinds online demo platform. Today, most admins recognize Hubbard as the executive producer of the Telly award-winning SolarWinds LabTM, and SolarWinds THWACKcampTM.  With code in SolarWinds products and regular application of emerging technologies, Hubbard is a frequent blogger and invited speaker for cloud, DevOps, IT, security, data center, and networking conferences.

Published Friday, November 27, 2020 7:01 AM by David Marshall
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