The use of public clouds in the enterprise is increasing fast. At the same time the use of private clouds is also growing at a healthy pace. In practice, many organizations are increasingly shifting towards using hybrid clouds, consisting of both private and public clouds and even Multi-Cloud environments with several of each kind of clouds. The private clouds can be located either on-premises or in a colocation data center. Managing multi-cloud environments is one of the major growing challenges in IT environments. Also organizations that have previously used only public clouds are switching to hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
Different kinds of applications set different requirements on the cloud and have different resource needs. The hybrid model allows achieving savings and benefits. Dynamically allocation of processing power offered by the public cloud can be utilized when a suddenly growing resource need arises. On the private cloud side, costs grow more moderately when more resources are needed. The private cloud also allows full control of used hardware and operating system for optimizing performance.
Free as a cloud. But under control.
Along with increased efficiency, the use of multiple cloud services also brings increased management complexity:
- Technical Challenges: Many different tools and tasks need to be managed on each platform.
- Security Challenges: Role definition, standardization, and tracking must be made to comply with security regulations.
- Financial and Administrative Challenges: How to implement reporting and track costs when different organizations are ordering more capacity from different clouds with potentially dozens of different credit cards?
Hybrid and multi-cloud approaches offer their users the best of two worlds and their use will most likely only grow. By combining clouds, critical and sensitive workloads can be kept on the private cloud and distributed less sensitive workloads processed on public cloud resources.
Some flexible tools have been introduced to address the challenges posed by Multi-Cloud management and cost control. Management of application lifecycles across different clouds can be done through one user interface, and each platform need not be defined separately.
Ficolo Multi-Cloud Control cloud management tool lets you manage multiple clouds easily and cost-effectively. Organization-specific customizations, deployment support and other services make it quick and easy to implement. On the one hand, this brings the management of your own private cloud to the same level as the public cloud and on the other hand the cost control of the public cloud to the same level as private. Truly the best of both worlds.