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The Road to Hybrid Multicloud

Frictionless, hybrid multicloud is the Holy Grail of cloud adoption. Explore the road towards hybrid multicloud with IDC's Chris Kanthan.
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Cloud adoption is not a destination. It is a journey with tremendous rewards for those who are willing to face daunting challenges on this path of digital transformation. The Holy Grail in cloud computing is a frictionless, hybrid multicloud that provides consistent experience and unified management across multiple public clouds, private clouds, and even traditional infrastructure.

While such an idealistic state may never be attainable, enterprises need to continuously move towards this goal in small but deliberate steps. The infographic in this blog post presents a roadmap for the hybrid cloud journey, which involves three phases – single cloud, multiple clouds, and hybrid multicloud.

The Digital Journey to Hybrid Cloud infographic

The evolution of the digital economy has been accelerated by the global pandemic, as enterprises are forced to reimagine their business models more drastically than before. The business transformation, however, cannot occur without IT transformation.

The latter involves a holistic framework of myriad components such as emerging technologies, open source standards, cloud-native stack, modular applications built with containers and microservices, API’s, orchestration tools such as Kubernetes, DevOps best practices, automation, artificial intelligence, and stringent governance/compliance. Finally, all of these must be built around a hybrid multicloud model, which offers cost efficiency, access to cutting-edge technologies, better risk management, optimal placement of workloads, freedom from data gravity etc.

IDC Cloud Pulse survey shows that only half of all enterprises have production applications running in the cloud. Thus, there is a lot of room for progress. Enterprises can start with a single public cloud provider, and then investigate private cloud options, especially the on-premises solutions from public cloud providers. The IT team must build up its in-house expertise on cloud operations, including monitoring, provisioning, security, compliance, and migration. Working with cloud providers, service providers, and third-party professional services to build a robust ecosystem of cloud management tools is also imperative. As the enterprise cloud architect team gains skills and confidence and in handling the complexity of a single cloud environment, other cloud providers should be evaluated and gradually added to the existing infrastructure.

As the old proverb goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Learn more about cloud adoption and cloud trends among IT buyers with IDC’s Cloud Pulse Survey:

Chris Kanthan

Research Manager, Cloud BuyerView