Intelligent Issue 25 - Page 36


AVOID VENDOR LOCK-IN . confidence in an organisation ’ s ability to meet data sovereignty requirements . Lack of expertise is a particular problem for SMEs . In the 2022 Flexera report , 78 % of SMEs said this was one of their top challenges . Unsurprisingly , given all the challenges , Flexera also found that among all organisations , optimisation of existing cloud use is currently the most common cloud initiative , selected by 59 % of respondents .
Next-generation tools restore control
We can see that organisations now very much need to know if their cloud infrastructure is architected correctly , working efficiently and how they can manage and improve it without employing yet more hard-to-find and costly IT talent . The simplest and most effective way is to side-step the multiplicity of specific tools that sometimes accompany cloud deployments like the spanners on oldfashioned sardine tins . Instead , organisations need to deploy one of the next-generation cloud management platforms that spans all environments , irrespective of where they are .
These more evolved solutions have kept up with the complexities of multi-cloud environments and address all the security , cost and management difficulties that arise . Organisations regain the visibility and control they need and can choose providers and services for the best value . They can deploy , allocate and migrate resources wherever they need them , using a plan they have developed in collaboration with the platform provider .
Preparation and configuration
In preparation , a workload assessment should employ best-in-class software to perform a stock-take of an organisation ’ s entire estate , identifying usage of every server . This will reveal the benefits and disadvantages of the many different cloud environments and recommend where workloads should go in line with the business objectives of each deployment . The process should accommodate the organisation ’ s probable AI ( Artificial Intelligence ) and Machine Learning needs and requirements for data orchestration , security and compliance .
Configuration then takes place in line with a business ’ specific needs , tuning the different hardware and software elements so they are fully interoperable .
Organisations should also ensure they have maximum flexibility and resilience via cloud on-ramps such as Megaport , which provides high availability of cloud services allied to the ability to add or change cloud connections in line with evolving requirements . Fast fibre connections to the big public cloud providers ’ hubs are also important . The deployment of low latency applications that depend on high-speed , high-bandwidth connections is growing steadily as businesses start implementing Industry 4.0 technologies and explore the full benefits of IoT ( Internet of Things ) and Edge Computing .
With vastly complicated management of multi-cloud environments now causing so many difficulties and cost overruns , IT departments should consider using nextgeneration cloud management platforms so they can regain control and not feel overwhelmed . It is only through a nextgeneration approach they can achieve the levels of performance and optimisation their businesses need and continue with critical Digital Transformation initiatives . �
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