Once, organisations were tentative about adopting cloud, now they are worrying about managing too many. Analyst IDC[i] predicts that by 2020 over 90 percent of enterprises will use multi-cloud services and platforms. But before organisations get to this stage they will need to create a structured and consistent framework to manage them.
The use of multi-cloud is a growing trend across organizations that have actively adopted public cloud, according to IDC. This is being driven by the need to use differentiated services from different providers and wanting to minimize lock-in to a single platform.
Multi-cloud enables enterprises to mitigate risks and leverage the strengths of different cloud providers to improve performance optimization and improve reliability. But multi-cloud can easily turn into an uncontrolled proliferation of clouds, also called cloud sprawl, if enterprises don’t carefully plan cloud resource management and integration of resources across cloud platforms.
Smart organizations are already busy mapping out their multi-cloud strategies. But many are finding the benchmarking, planning and resource allocation processes complex. It is impossible, for example, to simply shift legacy systems and processes into multi-cloud and expect them to work. To tap into the power of multi-cloud, organisations must identify which clouds are most suitable to support each workload.
The top challenges facing multi-cloud and how to address them:
In our highly competitive digital economy it is paramount that enterprises can run workloads in the most appropriate environments to increase productivity and take advantage of any cost savings. Multi-cloud is one answer. But multi-cloud doesn’t come without its hurdles. Here are five challenges and tips to overcome them to speed up multi-cloud adoption.
Compliance
For most organizations, compliance requirements such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) apply to some or all of their data. Some address data jurisdiction issues via multiple clouds and data centers in different geographical regions. But

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