Artist John Constable once said that “we do not see anything until we really understand it.” This ruling is increasingly applicable to the odyssey that a large number of companies are currently going through in their approach to the cloud.
Designing an effective architecture in the cloud is much like facing a blank canvas. In that moment we realize that we will have to overcome numerous and complex challenges, which have to do with aspects related to control and policies. The best thing, to be able to advance, will be to define the objectives from the beginning and avoid getting lost in the details.
Driven by a powerful vision, the canvas of the cloud can reach an infinite dimension in its capacity and potential to unlock other business realities. The most advanced companies are already exploring new environments in order to maximize the performance of their applications while maintaining security levels. Nowadays, “cloud first” strategies, in which even the smallest detail of cloud-based solutions are analyzed before carrying out any new investment in IT, are driving levels of innovation unimaginable until relatively recently. .
The orchestration of applications is an accurate art and should be oriented, specifically, to meet the needs of the business. With the right operational palette, companies can scale and deploy on any cloud platform to improve their performance with greater control, flexibility and security. In this way, companies such as Salesforce, Workday, BP or Deliveroo have already successfully adopted the cloud and are experiencing great growth, thanks to their ability to adapt their operations quickly to the niche markets in which the business is located.
In the Report State of Applications Delivery Report 2017 , published by F5 Networks a few months ago, it was already said that the number of global cloud-first organizations had gone from 33% in 2016 to 47% this year. Likewise, 32% of the organizations questioned affirmed that they were already acquiring solutions for the public cloud; the intention of 20% was to have half of their applications in the cloud and 86% said they were committed to multicloud architectures .
It is clear that IT managers want services that deliver, manage and protect their applications in the cloud at the same level as in their data centers. Therefore, avoiding the development of rudderless multiclouds and simplifying related complexities is vital in determining which workloads are adapted to the appropriate environments. This means that it is necessary to consider factors such as the delivery of applications and the security capabilities offered by each cloud provider, as well as the difficulties related to the lack of visibility and control.
A ‘multicloud’ world
Developing an appropriate cloud architecture for each business can seem like a daunting task. Continuing with the parallelism of art, another eminence in shaping landscapes with a high prominence of the clouds, as was JMW Turner, said that “only when we are not afraid can we begin to create”.
Clearly, overcome the reluctance and aversion to change is essential to benefit from the multiclouduniverse . The big challenge is that a multitude of environments often becomes a landscape full of inconsistent security and compliance policies. In addition, multiple architectures in the cloud can exacerbate deficiencies in IT skills and limit the usefulness and value of existing investments.
Organizations also face the dilemma of adding more applications and services for employees or controlling the growth of the data center. It should be noted that the administration of different services in multiple clouds can quickly become expensive due to an inefficient allocation of resources, a longer service time than expected or a lengthening of the time to market .
In general, companies no longer feel comfortable being locked in proprietary architectures and are attracted by other options, such as open source solutions. With a package of cloud solutions tailored to each business, it is possible to consistently apply full application services through private, public and interconnected clouds, including SSL, security and access control.
The intelligent use of the multiple cloud also gives companies the flexibility to easily develop, test and scale applications in container environments. If done correctly, multicloud solutions can help companies leverage public cloud resources, using sophisticated gateway technologies to operate workloads and efficiently orchestrate a secure connection to application services.
Painting a vision
Flexibility and scalability are essential for migrating applications to the cloud, while reducing infrastructure and operating costs. There should be no limits to bring an indeterminate number of applications into production in an interconnected and rapidly developing world.
John Constable also said that “it is difficult to find a landscape in which the sky is not the key point.” Creating a masterpiece is never easy, however, the growing availability of services and secure platforms in the cloud, if deployed with clarity and purpose, makes it possible to create a strategy with consistent policies and controls.There is no other way to avoid blockages and achieve greater deployment flexibility for faster time to market.A world of multiple clouds like today is a great opportunity for creativity, it is time to take advantage of its advantages to keep the business in the frame of growth.