Partners Balance Multicloud Opportunity, ComplexityPartners Balance Multicloud Opportunity, Complexity
Partners offering multicloud services and consulting can enable customers to fully exploit the native services of each cloud type while providing the consistency and standardization that development, operations and security teams need.
September 25, 2023
Sponsored by VMware
In the wake of cloud mainstreaming, organizations have quickly discovered that if one cloud is good, multiple clouds are transformational. But that’s only if the opportunities of multicloud are not mitigated by the complexity the model introduces.
A multicloud environment increases flexibility and reduces costs because applications and workloads can be run where, when, how and from which provider they make sense — even if that changes over time. The multicloud model also helps organizations manage the performance of latency-sensitive operations, automate operations, meet regulatory mandates and access the broadest array of services possible.
However, multiple clouds — across public and private platforms, as well as colocation facilities and edge locations — can mean siloed operations and tradeoffs between developer velocity and IT control. Moreover, a multicloud strategy by definition needs to remain flexible as the organization’s needs change over time.
It’s a lot to manage, to say the least. And the time organizations spend trying to manage a diverse mix of traditional and cloud-native applications is time that’s being taken away from more strategic business tasks.
Trusted Partners Are Key to Taming Multicloud Complexity
This is where trusted partners come in.
Partners can help organizations effectively integrate common horizontal functions — including application, infrastructure, security, end user and data plane services — across verticals such as public clouds, private clouds and edge locations.
Partners offering multicloud services and consulting can enable customers fully exploit the native services of each cloud type while providing the consistency and standardization that development, operations and security teams need.
Partners can help clients determine if, when and how to shift cloud models. For example, the cost of public cloud hosting may make sense when an application is new and still in flux, but, when the application solidifies, the premium paid for public cloud flexibility may no longer make sense. Partners can help ensure that these shifts are made as soon as it makes sense.
Partners can help clients determine when it would be beneficial to repatriate workloads from a public cloud to a co-location facility or on-premises data center, considering not just cost but also performance, compliance and security, among many other factors.
It’s a Matter of Being ‘Cloud Smart’
It all comes down to being “cloud smart,” which is much easier said than done. Partners can help organizations manage their workloads and applications, migrate workloads to multicloud destinations, and manage those workloads on an ongoing basis to optimize performance and cost. Indeed, only by effectively navigating the inherent complexity of today’s multicloud environment can organizations successfully drive a consistent, secure and cost-efficient operating model across clouds.
VMware partners are uniquely positioned to provide value-added, cloud-smart service offerings to help customers achieve this success — especially when customers don’t have available in-house technical infrastructure talent. Creating a cloud-smart practice will not only prove helpful to a partner’s customers but will also open new areas for business growth.
Indeed, VMware partners attuned to their customers’ specific technology, security, data sovereignty and other needs will be indispensable in delivering VMware Cross-Cloud Services, an integrated portfolio of SaaS solutions to build, run, manage and secure all apps across clouds.
Visit the VMware Cross-Cloud services webpage for more information about the entire portfolio of services for building, running, managing and securing applications across multiple clouds.
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