Top 6 Challenges in Managing Multi-Cloud Environments



Migrating to multi-cloud environments is a practice which is currently being followed by many organizations. Currently 92% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy (Source:Flexera ). A vast variety of advantages such as high availability, increased scalability and agility are promised by multi-cloud environments. However, there are several challenges associated with managing multi-cloud environments.

  1. Managing Data Security

Around 48% of businesses store classified and most important data on cloud (Source:Cloudwards ) and in a multi-cloud environment, an organization’s data and workloads are constantly exchanged between different clouds. This data distribution process makes the organization’s data more vulnerable, and data breaches can occur due to misconfigurations or configuration drifts. Even though cloud service providers offer advanced security services, when data is exchanged between multiple cloud platforms, it is the organization’s responsibility to secure data and applications through utilizing proper security controls. It is important to ensure data security by constantly monitoring for misconfigurations and vulnerabilities within the multi-cloud environment.

  2. Ensuring Compliance

An organization often has to adhere to multiple compliance requirements. It is critical to ensure proper compliance when an organization is employing a multi-cloud environment. Managing compliance within a multi-cloud environment is a highly complex procedure due to the complex nature of multi-cloud environments. Because of this contrasting nature of cloud platforms, concerns regarding compliance often arise in a multi-cloud environment. These compliance issues result in exceeding budgets and security concerns.

  3. Managing Costs

Organizations migrate their operations to multi-cloud environments, hoping to optimize their costs. Managing costs in a single cloud platform can be achieved by using the services provider’s management tools. But cost management in a multi-cloud environment can be quite challenging. Respondents to a survey have reported their cloud spend was over budget by an average of 24% (Source: Flexera ). Due to lack of visibility into cloud services dispersed within a multi-cloud environment, organizations may end up not utilizing deployed cloud services effectively and also bearing the cost of unnecessary cloud resources.

  4. Managing Complexity

Deploying cloud applications, continuous monitoring and configuration management across multiple cloud platforms is a complex task. According to Turbonomic’s 2021 State of Multicloud report, complexity of managing multi cloud environments is the main challenge faced by organizations (Source: Turbonomic) Coordinating, tracking and gaining visibility into deployed cloud services in a multi-cloud environment is required by organizations to effectively manage their multi cloud environments. However, handling the management of multi-cloud environments manually will not produce timely results.

  5. Siloed Vendor Tools

Even though tools to manage each cloud service are provided by the respective cloud service providers, these tools cannot be used across cloud platforms. Therefore, organizations have to make use of more than one tool to gain visibility into ongoing cloud processes and have to learn how to handle multiple tools. In order to overcome utilization of multiple tools, organizations need to make use of a tool which will provide consolidated view throughout the whole multi-cloud environment.

  6. Lack of expertise

In a multi cloud environment, to manage disparate cloud platforms, expertise in different cloud platforms is expected from the organization's employees. Ensuring adequate IT staff, talent and skills availability is a challenge for 34% of the organizations operating in multi-cloud environments (Source:Statista ) .Lack of specialized knowledge required to manage various tools, services, dashboards and security protocols can lead to complications in the multi-cloud environment. Gaining the required skills and expertise is not a simple task and it will also end up increasing the workload for the organization's employees.

Conclusion

These days many organizations are embracing multi-cloud environments. Even though multi-cloud environments provide increased reliability, flexibility and unified control and many more benefits, managing a multi-cloud environment can be quite challenging for an organization. In order to overcome these challenges, through proper evaluations organizations need to come up with a clear multi-cloud strategy. Adopting multi-cloud management platforms and adhering to best practices will enable organizations to successfully perform their operations in multi-cloud environments.


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