What is Multi-Cloud Management?
Multi-cloud management is the structure utilized by organizations’ IT teams to oversee workloads and maintain the security of their applications across various public clouds through a single interface.
What are the benefits of multi-cloud management?
Properly managed multi-cloud environments bring a variety of benefits to organizations’ data architecture.
- Security is one of the primary benefits, as management capacity provides IT teams with the ability to proactively oversee the gaps in security that are prevalent in multi-cloud environments.
- Duplication of critical workloads becomes possible in multi-cloud environments, effectively preventing loss of data during failure. This framework decreases downtime due to migration of workloads.
- IT teams are provided sufficient support through a consolidated management framework, further benefitting visibility and profitability.
How do you manage multi-cloud environments?
Productive and effective management of multi-cloud environments consists of:
- Automation: Utilizing automation and machine learning (ML) empowers IT teams to efficiently administer security, implement proactive solutions, and scale operations in multi-cloud environments.
- Compatibility: Due to data living across a variety of environments, the most effective management occurs when all of the containers are compatible. They must have the ability to be managed through a single interface for high-level, effective management to occur.
How do you move workloads across a multi-cloud environment?
The most efficient way to move a workload is via storage containers. Kubernetes and other types of container orchestration systems house single apps and all necessary software for the application to run. When data is stored in containers, workloads can be moved across cloud environments strategically and efficiently.
Duplication is also critical when you are transferring a workload to a new environment. It prevents any data loss or slowed performance in the new environment. Often, you do not know how your data will perform in different environments – ensuring data security through duplication is critical. If there is a secondary version that lives across the cloud, you will be able to default until you establish secure function within the new location.
The objective of distributing workloads across multi-cloud environments strategically is to promote the efficiency of apps and the viability of workloads. Moving workloads in containers to different clouds can be a complex process. Strategic placement is essential for the success of your applications and workloads, and can only be accomplished through effective cloud management systems.
What are the challenges of multi-cloud management?
There are a variety of challenges within multi-cloud management systems, each stemming from the complexities of large amounts of data living in a variety of platforms.
With so many workloads simultaneously needing attention, support, and deployment, structured management systems are critical. There is complexity within such a broad expanse of data within multi-cloud environments. Especially since applications have different dependencies and requirements. Multi-cloud management is complex from top to bottom, and requires structure and intentional design to be accurately utilized. If there is inability to see and manage data across clouds, there will be inability to pinpoint performance issues within the cloud, leading to risk of data loss and decreased performance.
Another issue with multi-cloud management is risk of data loss and cost of recovery. Most providers offer insufficient service-level agreements that do not provide the coverage of data services that enterprise organizations need. With different cloud environments making it difficult to move data, there are the additional challenges of unpredictable costs and usage spikes.
This is where uniform containers become absolutely essential. One of the largest challenges of multi-cloud management is balancing the movement and diversification of apps across environments with a variety of different formats without triggering integration concerns. Containers prevent these issues from occurring by hosting applications with uniformity, further enabling seamless portability despite varying types of public cloud environments.
HPE and multi-cloud management
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Complexity is the issue that ITDMs and business leaders know to restrict data transformation. The proper management solutions are necessary to keep up with business demands of today. With HPE GreenLake, you can leverage the cloud operational experience to identify and eliminate complexities that are hindering your customer experience.
The right management solution for your multi-cloud environment mitigates risk, and offers significant cost benefits. HPE Cloud Volumes works with multiple public clouds, reduces downtime and data loss risk, eliminates vendor lock-in, provides easy cloud on-ramp from cloud-ready, on-premises hardware, and enables simple data movement between clouds.
HPE cloud management is built on proper storage solutions. HPE multi-cloud storage solutions offer features that make multi-cloud management easy by reducing the complexities of hybrid cloud and using cloud storage APIs that integrate with AWS, Azure, and other cloud-native APIs. Providing global visibility of your data prevents problems and employs predictions to help you make the most informed decisions. And now with intelligent automation features, you can leverage integration with containers and configuration management tools like Kubernetes, Ansible, Chef, and Puppet to enable your DevOps automation.
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