Challenges of Multi-Cloud Management | Parallels Insights

Multi-cloud management is the wave of the future in cloud computing. RightScale’s annual State of the Cloud Report states that organizations are currently leveraging the services of an average of five cloud solutions. It isn’t wrong to state that this level of diversity requires more than the native management tools of each cloud provider.

Multi-cloud management is the process of deploying the mixture of private and public clouds in an organization, to avoid vendor lock-in, and exploit the best services available without having to compromise on cost.

By adopting a multi-cloud strategy, organizations can choose a cloud provider that is geographically close to them thus improving performance. Multi-cloud adoption also helps organizations manage compliance requirements and improve resilience.

What is Multi-Cloud Management?

Multi-cloud management is the ability to manage cloud-based services across multiple vendors from a single, centralized environment. A multi-cloud management solution should create consistent workflows that help to manage the organization’s infrastructure provisioning across many public cloud vendors. It should also provide the visibility necessary to create seamless connectivity and security between components.

Some features of well-thought-out multi-cloud management include:

Challenges of Multi-Cloud Management

Suppose you have a multi-cloud infrastructure consisting of an Amazon Web Services™ (AWS), Azure, and an on-premises cloud. Under these circumstances, you’ll be faced with many challenges, including a shortage of skilled IT professionals, a lack of automation, spiraling costs, and compliance standards.

1. Shortage of skilled IT professionals

The cloud computing industry is fast-paced, complex, and has a tight labor marketplace. As such, it is not easy to find IT professionals who have multi-cloud skills to manage AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and on-premises cloud.

2. Lack of automation

To manage your infrastructure, you have to shift between AWS, Azure, and GCP continually. Since each provider has different procedures and interfaces for provisioning resources, monitoring consumption costs, and integrating systems, you’ll find it difficult to orchestrate and manage workloads.

3. Spiraling costs

Managing multi-clouds can become costly in instances where users fail to decommission unused cloud services or instances. This process is commonly known as cloud sprawl. Under such environments, the associated costs for each service spin out of control.

4. Compliance standards

Compliance standards are necessary for organizations, regardless of which cloud services they are implementing. As an organization, you need to define standards for the services you’ll be consuming from the cloud provider. Choosing an appropriate configuration for an infrastructure that optimizes resources while securing data may be challenging

5. Application development and delivery

When you deploy apps in a multi-cloud environment, you’re likely to be faced with cloud-specific adaptions of apps and reconfiguration issues. Moving such applications between multiple clouds requires significant work, and in some cases, runs differently, leading to inefficiencies.

Centralization is the key in multi-cloud management

The most common way of reducing complexity in multi-cloud environments is by centralizing management over the entire infrastructure. The idea is to reduce the number of management interfaces across all clouds to one and manage everything from a single pane of glass. Cloud management platforms and similar tools are typically used for this purpose.

Employing solutions designed for multi-cloud environments

Centralization isn’t enough. It’s also crucial to pick solutions that are ready for multi-cloud. For example, one of the most common uses of cloud environments (multi-cloud or otherwise) is leveraging them as a platform for deploying virtual applications and desktops. The actual virtual application and the desktop delivery solution itself should readily support multi-clouds.

How Parallels RAS helps with multi-cloud management

One such solution is Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS), a highly centralized, multi cloud-ready solution for publishing desktops and applications via RDSH and VDI, making desktops and applications accessible from any device. Parallels RAS can be deployed on multiple public clouds like AWS and Azure as well as on-premises data centers—and then managed from a single pane of glass.

Parallels RAS simplifies administration considerably by enabling centralized management of users, server-based OS patch management, application updates, virus definition updates, and backups.

Grab a FREE 30-day trial of Parallels RAS today and experience simplified cloud management firsthand.


References

Flexera | https://blogs.flexera.com/cloud/cloud-industry-insights/cloud-computing-trends-2019-state-of-the-cloud-survey/

Cloud Standards Customer Council | https://www.omg.org/cloud/deliverables/CSCC-Practical-Guide-to-Cloud-Management-Platforms.pdf

TechBeacon | https://techbeacon.com/enterprise-it/how-ease-your-multi-cloud-management-headaches

TechTarget | https://searchcloudsecurity.techtarget.com/tip/Why-centralization-in-a-multi-cloud-security-strategy-is-key

Wired | https://www.wired.com/insights/2012/11/six-must-have-cloud-management-features/

Parallels RAS | https://www.parallels.com/products/ras/resources/cloud-deployment-models/