Multicloud computing is common, but have businesses adapted? – Promoted content
The CTO of a major financial services company once told Accenture that he was kept awake at night by the idea of replacing decades-old IT with cloud-based systems. The CTO was concerned about how staff members would handle the change. “It’s huge for us,” he said. “I need to know how my people will react.”
This CTO and others like him are under pressure as their cloud projects grow to encompass legacy systems, multiple clouds and more users. Lift-and-shift migrations were joined by more complex activities such as mainframe modernization and data center exits.
Someone who knows more than anyone about the headaches these projects cause for CIOs and CTOs is Mike Reddie, VMware’s senior cloud manager in Australia and New Zealand, and his colleagues in the Accenture VMware business group. Reddie says many organizations underestimate the cost and complexity of this new phase of cloud computing.
“Because large organizations have such a diverse range of applications, there is a lot of influence from their different developer communities on the tools and platforms used to innovate. They may want to leverage the tools they know, or maybe they want access to the latest AI or ML technology Maybe they want to build an IoT application using a particular cloud because they have experience with it or because he has a unique ability that they’re interested in,” Reddie says.
“The concept of running your specific application in the cloud that works best for it is becoming a very compelling and more common practice for enterprises,” he adds.
As a result, large enterprises may have “multiple clouds for, say, business productivity or for IaaS services or for data analytics,” Reddie points out.
This requires a new architecture of operating models, as well as people skilled in working with multiple cloud environments. There are network architecture and security issues, software licensing issues, compliance issues, and different camps within IT departments usually pull in different directions. “At some point in their cloud journey, most businesses will find themselves in a tangle,” Reddie says.
Today’s uncertain business climate can also put a damper on cloud computing projects. “What you predict today will probably be different a year from now and a year from now,” Reddie says.
Customers say, “You need to make this journey to the cloud easier for us. We don’t want to throw away everything we have and start over.
Simplify the multicloud journey
Flexibility is key to streamlining the cloud, Reddie points out. “Our vision is that running the application in the cloud that suits it best becomes as easy as possible,” he says. “And it’s not just from a technology perspective; optimal operations, security and networking are all at the heart of how we have built our cloud portfolio.
“The ease of automation and operation and the ability to freely move workloads around, without being ‘locked in’ to the choices you made today, is becoming critically important to customers.”
Rather than building cloud silos, Reddie says the goal should be to “build consistent operations, consistent development, and consistent security and policy across all of these different technology areas.”
Accenture’s managing director of infrastructure engineering, Al Auda, explains that migrating to the cloud is a business and cultural shift as much as a technological shift and organizations that don’t understand this will struggle.
“The cloud is where IT and business really need to come together. It’s not just about pushing workloads or applications into the cloud – the culture needs to change along with it. by many different disciplines and organizations within a company.
Certain building blocks need to be in place before an organization embarks on a multicloud journey. Business leaders should ask themselves, “Are we properly organized internally? Is the company in scope? Do we understand our applications well enough to strategize and modernize to “the new” in the next three to five years? Do I need to go train my people? »
This holistic approach is reflected in the Accenture VMware business group, which Auda describes as a “one-stop-shop” for solving problems in a multi-cloud world. He helps clients develop a cloud roadmap that encompasses everything from hiring and application architecture to business agility and innovation cycles.
These roadmaps also encompass all hybrid IT environments, from on-premises and edge computing to private and public clouds, and the need for governance of all of them.
And they factor in the need to make it easier for CIOs to know what’s going on in hybrid environments. Auda stresses the importance of equipping IT managers with a cloud control plane to help them stay in control.
“Do you need a single window that helps you look at the services in your cloud estate? If you don’t understand that from the start, you’ll have a hard time orchestrating between those clouds. So it’s important to get those takes steps upstream to ensure your multicloud journey is successful,” he comments.
The financial services company mentioned at the beginning of this article had a year-and-a-half-long multicloud journey that was ultimately successful. That’s because the CTO understood the importance of organizational readiness early on, Auda says.
“We spent a lot of time making sure we were really successful in embracing, measuring and managing change for him, more than a technology transformation,” Auda recalls. This work was the “culmination of the transformation program”.
Auda urges business leaders to revisit their multicloud playbook — from automation scripts and reference architectures to security and compliance guardrails — and ask themselves if they have the right strategy in place.
“Look under the covers, organizationally. Are you equipped with wise skills? Are you organized in an appropriate operating model to perform and operate in the multicloud environment? And really invite the company on the journey if you haven’t already. Engage them on the governance board, engage them in multicloud enablement programs, engage them in your strategy around new business models and products triggered by diverse and modernized multicloud applications.
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