Embracing a Multi-Cloud Strategy: Unlocking the Full Potential of IT Infrastructure for Business Growth

May 30, 2023 4 min Read

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, IT infrastructure serves as both the bedrock for daily operations and the launchpad for significant growth potential. However, conventional methods for managing intricate infrastructure environments have become antiquated, hindering the performance and service value that modern technological solutions can deliver when properly executed.

The Power of a Methodical Multi-Cloud Strategy

At the heart of the dilemma hindering cloud’s potential is the escalating complexity in the IT infrastructure landscape, driven by rapid innovation, a surge in cloud solutions, and a diverse array of tools. That conventional approach mentioned earlier? It leans toward siloed solutions without a unified infrastructure strategy, exacerbates the challenges associated with effective cloud adoption, impacting businesses throughout their ongoing journey. This complexity leads to spiraling costs and stifles IT agility and performance, as the core principles of effective IT operations are mistakenly believed to be addressed through cloud adoption. Regrettably, this assumption is incorrect, leading to a reduced potential for cloud solutions to deliver improved business operations and harness innovation as a catalyst for new growth.

The remedy for this issue lies in a proven approach that fosters a systematic multi-cloud strategy, bolstering an organization’s core IT infrastructure systems and providing increased value to the business . By pinpointing and aligning cloud-based technology solutions with business objectives and IT operational requirements, a skillfully executed multi-cloud infrastructure strategy can convert existing challenges into opportunities for future growth, unleashing the cloud value that organizations actively seek.

Key Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Approach

Technology Innovation: Adopt the latest solutions and services from leading providers to stay ahead of the curve.

Cost Reduction: Streamline and automate IT services across the board to reduce operating costs.

Service Flexibility: Implement the best-fit solutions for each business workload to optimize performance.

Vulnerability Mitigation: Adopt a centralized security posture to reduce vulnerability risks.

Business Continuity: Align workloads with proven disaster recovery solutions and services to ensure uninterrupted operations.

Tailoring the Transformation Journey

No two businesses are identical, making digital transformation a unique process for each organization. While hyperscale is well-suited for workloads with variable resource demands, it may not address the totality of an IT estate amassed over decades. What about non-cloud-native apps or workloads that don’t fit well into hyperscale clouds, such as steady-state, legacy critical applications, or VMware-based workloads?

For businesses looking to leverage a hyperscale platform the path should still be carved across on-premises, enterprise cloud, and hyperscale environments to accommodate each application’s optimal environment.

Expedient Enterprise Cloud: A Purpose-Built Solution

Expedient Enterprise Cloud rounds out the multi-cloud strategy organizations are trying to figure out. Itis purpose-built for applications that don’t easily lift-and-shift into a hyperscale cloud or require constant data flow. This platform is designed to work without refactoring code or retraining staff, offering a seamless solution for organizations striving to modernize their IT infrastructure across the entire landscape. So instead of jamming every application into a hyperscale cloud, a better balance is achieved, landing the right applications in the right environments.

Action Items

Embracing a multi-cloud strategy enables organizations to unlock the full potential of their IT infrastructure, driving business growth and transformation. By implementing a tailored approach centered on the intrinsic business value each platform in the landscape offers, businesses can optimize their cloud journey, ensuring they are well-equipped to tackle today’s challenges and seize the opportunities awaiting them tomorrow.

To set you on the right path, here are a few carefully selected action items we recommend:

  1. Evaluate IT Infrastructure: Analyze current infrastructure and readiness for cloud adoption – focus on workload alignment to real business value.
  2. Optimize Costs: Leverage automation to identify and implement IT services for cost reduction.
  3. Prevent Siloed Solutions: Deploy new infrastructure solutions across a multi-cloud service spectrum, including edge, on-premises, and cloud environments.
  4. Enhance Security: Create centralized, robust security by leveraging tools that work across all platforms.
  5. Prioritize Business Continuity: Align workloads with reliable disaster recovery solutions.
  6. Personalize Transformation: Tailor a multi-cloud adoption strategy to your unique business needs.
  7. Consider Expedient Enterprise Cloud: Examine the benefits it offers, especially for applications not suited for hyperscale clouds.
  8. Monitor and Adjust: Regularly track progress and adapt strategy as needed.

Want to learn more? Watch our discussion with author and innovator David Linthicum on Multi-Cloud Mastery!

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