Making Sense of Multi-Cloud Strategies

Do we have the internal resources to accomplish the move to the cloud?
How do we avoid disrupting our business in a negative way?
Is it easier to just put all of our applications in one cloud?
If we haven’t even moved to one cloud, how could we safely, securely, and efficiently manage a multi-cloud portfolio?

We discussed these questions and more late last year with CTO JP Morgenthal in an episode of The Skytap Podcast, titled, “What’s Your Cloud Strategy?” As enterprises start their cloud journeys, our own Dan Jones suggests that a more important question to be able to answer is, “What goals should IT have in order to satisfy business requirements, and what are the right tools and/or vehicles for that challenge?” For many enterprises, that curated collection of resources is only available in a multi-cloud adoption approach.

Gartner and Forrester have both predicted multi-cloud will continue to rise, and IDC has gone as far as to claim that by the time 2017 wraps up, “over 85% of enterprises will commit to multi-cloud architectures.”

So what’s leading to multi-cloud being the dominant approach to application modernization? If migrating to a single cloud provider is a huge technological, cultural and budgetary shift, wouldn’t managing a multi-cloud portfolio be an even greater challenge? Perhaps, but it’s the benefits that multi-cloud provides to greenfield applications and traditional, on-premises applications alike that make it the increasingly popular option for so many organizations.

We wrote earlier this month about how Bryson Koehler, CTO for IBM Watson and IBM Cloud described multi-cloud approaches as the path to “ultimate agility.” Skytap’s own CTO, Brad Schick, will present a session at Better Software Conference West that talks about how “purpose-driven clouds that work together allow enterprises to cut costs, increase overall performance and efficiency, and consistently deliver features that support business needs.”

We hope you find this content informative, and we encourage you to sign up for a custom demo after the fact to see for yourself what makes Skytap the only cloud provider that supports the unique complexities of your existing enterprise applications.

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