Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 30 | Page 68

Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + Q + A + DAMON CRAWFORD, PLATFORM PRACTICE DIRECTOR, SIX DEGRE Multi-cloud is cloud computing’s present and future. Today’s EMEA organisations are using multiple cloud providers throughout their infrastructure estates, with a recent survey by Gartner finding that 81% of respondents worked with two or more providers. The reasons? There are plenty, but what it all comes down to is agility. At Six Degrees, we see two classes of multi-cloud adopter: SMEs, who tend to use one or two cloud providers, and larger enterprises, who will often use three, four or more. The distinction really comes down to scale – of operations, application estate, geographic spread – as the benefits of multi-cloud are achievable by almost any size of organisation. When we talk to organisations that are considering their multi-cloud strategy, they often highlight to us how multi-cloud meets their sourcing requirements: spreading commercial risk by reducing vendor lock-in, achieving appropriate data sovereignty, meeting regulatory requirements and so on. Sometimes cloud providers are introduced through application necessity – if your organisation wants to deploy PeopleSoft, for example, it makes sense to host on Oracle Cloud. These drivers are all compelling. With public cloud security continually improving and deployment and management toolkits becoming more sophisticated and effective, the barriers to entry are lower than ever before. However, we believe the true value of multi-cloud lies in aligning its inherent agility to organisational drivers. Containerisation and contemporary DevOps methods make application development faster and more secure, enabling organisations to deliver real world benefits to their people and end-users faster than “ A BALA VIEW OF CLOUD S ACKNOW THE RI CAN P ever before. These me infrastructures to deliv agnostic hosting platf interconnected and d Different elements of can be hosted on sepa each chosen for their