Why Multi-cloud Efforts Must Focus on Security, Cost Control and Automation

A cloud migration can increase IT spending by 30% or more. Here’s a strategy to help your customers manage a multi-cloud migration. 

  • September 12, 2023 | Author: Steve Zurier
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Many companies have moved to multi-cloud environments to accelerate digital transformation, but in making these migrations they have adopted too many new tools and with the talent crunch and tighter budgets, finding enough good people to manage the increased load has become a challenge.
The reality: IT and security departments are managing hundreds more applications than in the past, and if somebody leaves suddenly, it’s often difficult to replace them. Sometimes managers are lucky to hire people at entry-level salaries once experienced people leave.
John Burke, chief technology officer at Nemertes Research, points out in this webinar that organizations should start their multi-cloud migrations by focusing on security, cost control and automation. 
The security journey starts with a focus on the zero-trust approach, where it’s then possible to give users only the data and apps they need to see for their jobs. If the data or application doesn’t help with their jobs, the employees don’t get privileges. 
Burke says companies can then control costs by creating visibility into all the new tools and applications they use for multi-cloud migrations. Explore with your customers out how much they spend on each application. Companies often find that a cloud migration increases IT spend by 30% or more. Go down each line item and decide if the organization really needs it.
Finally, because cloud environments have enabled automation, IT and security teams need to determine which workloads are best run in an automated fashion. Since IT talent has become scarce and expensive today, automation represents one of the best options, says Burke.
How Hitachi Vantara Can Support Your Customers' Multi-Cloud Journeys
Solution providers can tap into the Hitachi Vantara portfolio of storage, management, and cloud analytics tools to help organizations accomplish their multi-cloud migration goals. 
• Cloud monitoring and analytics: Leverage Hitachi Vantara solutions for helpful analytics, such as usage, cost, and performance across multiple cloud vendors and locations, helping organizations understand the cost benefit of their networks and applications. 
• Self-service cloud computing: This lets teams directly access cloud resources. By eliminating the requirement to work through an agent of the cloud provider and granting direct access, DevOps teams can more easily control and provision workloads as they need them.
• Automated workflows: The cloud has enabled automation as well as containerization, orchestration, and microservices. By operating in the cloud, organizations can also leverage the advantages of automation, gaining increased agility, speed, and reliability for all workloads – and helping to relieve the talent crunch. 
Given the talent shortage, there’s really no way IT and security teams can manage these new multi-cloud on budget without cloud-based analytics for visibility, self-service computing, and automated workflows. 
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