Multi-cloud Adoption and Shared Responsibility: How Can an Organization Manage?
Your organization has servers that need to be replaced, software that is at the end of support life, and no capital budget to upgrade. What can you do? Utilizing a cloud provider is an option, but your organization does not have expertise in performing migrations, and in addition, how do you choose which provider is best for your workloads?The decision to convert capital expenses of upgrading and maintaining systems and software to an operating expense of the pay-as-you go environment that the public cloud has to offer seems to make the decision simple, but what else needs to be considered?
When determining a cloud direction, it is important to evaluate your workloads and determine a proper migration path to the cloud. Selection of a cloud provider should take into account your application and data security, compliance, and regulatory requirements. Remember that cloud providers (Microsoft®, Amazon®, Google®, Oracle®, etc.) provide consumption-based services, so it is not necessary to choose only one provider. Many organizations are taking a “Multi-cloud” approach to decrease the exposure to vendor lock-in when designing an architecture, utilizing a mixture of on-premises, private virtualization, and more than one public cloud provider (Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Oracle, etc.) depending on application and data requirements.
So, once your organization has chosen a multi-cloud path, how will it be monitored, managed, and maintained? How will the network and application architecture be secured? How will data be protected, and compliance maintained? No matter what public cloud provider is chosen, each of them has clear lines of responsibility for data and applications. These lines maintain that responsibility falls on the organization. All of these providers are in the business to supply and NOT support, at least not proactively.
To take full advantage of a multi-cloud strategy, it is important to find a partner that can assist in the guidance to discover, analyze, migrate, and support these services on an on-going basis. Comprehensive Managed Service providers will assist in creating the roadmap for migration to the best cloud environment suited for workloads, and then provide on-going support that includes monitoring and updating, securing data, compliance and security management, and periodic cost analysis comparing services across the multiple cloud vendors.
A comprehensive managed service provider can work with an organization on the journey to the cloud with recommendations and expertise that may not be within an organization. They can provide on-going support, best practices, and “know how” without your organization increasing internal resources.
When choosing a comprehensive managed service provider, verify their capabilities and discuss the processes to secure your applications and data. After its people, data is the most important resource to an organization. Make sure that you are working with a managed services organization that maintains that belief. This will allow you to move to a multi-cloud environment with confidence.
Dwayne Natwick is a Product Manager at Secure-24.