Insights 11th March 2021

Avoiding a cloud headache- planning your multi-cloud strategy

For many years now, the mantra from many research organisations and technical influencers is cloud-first, now everyone is talking about hybrid & multi cloud. This strategy has been ably demonstrated by the growth of the Hyperscalers in the marketplace. Many organisations have been focused on migrating workloads to the cloud but as the world has shifted towards more virtual interaction, the need to transform fast is firmly on the board room agenda. What do you need to consider and where do you start?

Pandemic impact

The pandemic winners look to be the technology giants. AWS has grown by at least 30% each quarter between 2014 and 2020. Azure has growth figures dropping to only 50% for the last quarter of 2020. The demand for digital services and connectivity continues to climb due to the need for online services.

Organisations have had to transform at speed to be operational in the scattered climate we find ourselves in, post Pandemic. Some industries will never revert to how they were before.

Public cloud adoption is significantly rising, fuelled by an explosion of application usage from team collaboration tools to health monitoring services. According to the Flexera 2020 state of the cloud report, the average organisation uses two public and two private clouds. As a result of increased workloads being hosted in the cloud, 59% of enterprises expect cloud usage to exceed their projected plans due to Covid-19.

Governance and Security

Whilst 86% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy; the IT industry is famous for consistently and repeatedly proving one size does not fit all. Customer requirements are varied, and a single public cloud may not provide the functional landscape required by the enterprise. With every additional factor there are complex cost and efficiency considerations.

SaaS services that the enterprise wants to consume may not always be available in a single cloud, and regulatory frameworks, internal governance, security and proximity may restrict where data may reside and be processed.

Cost control

In a crisis, many firms are looking to preserve cash and adapt their IT platforms and solutions to cope with immediate demand – pivoting their IT and business models. With spending under the spotlight, it’s even more worrying that 23% of organisations report their cloud spend to be over budget.

Enterprises need to take a deeper look at their end-to-end digital journey and identifying when they must start to bring their product development, marketing, and IT functions together. This will allow for effective digitisation and evolvement of their online operations. The need for a joined-up and straightforward strategy to maximise spend and efficiency through hybrid cloud has never been more critical.

Multi-cloud, what does good look like?

What are the options for an enterprise, and what needs to be considered when planning and adopting multi-cloud?

-What is the true cost of public cloud, including those hidden costs, for example, egress, CDN’s, and diminished SLA’s.

-Data Sovereignty: where can the data reside, and what is the price (and effort) to move it between clouds?

-How do you manage multi-cloud consistently and uniformly and maintain consistent security and SLA posture?

-Does the reward of operating in more than one cloud provide enough benefit to offset the threat landscape increase?

-How does hyper-converged infrastructure fit into a multi-cloud solution?

-What you need to consider when transitioning into multi-cloud?

SG CTO Martin Blunn draws on his considerable technical knowledge and professional background to answer these questions in a multi-cloud webinar you can’t afford to miss. Martin has an impressive track record of successful cloud migrations, having worked on change and technology transformation across industry verticals, including utilities, telco and finance.

He shares some of the common mistakes that organisations make when considering their multi-cloud structure and how you can correctly plan to avoid them.

Sign up now for this session on March 23rd at 9am



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