One Ring To Rule Them All: Best Practices For A Multi-Cloud Strategy

As an individual whose profession is ensuring that our customers’ cloud environments are never down or breached, Concerto Vice President of Operations Peter Schmied has an up-close perspective on cloud management strategies. And in terms of the future of cloud and best practices for its management, he recommends a one-ring-to-rule-them-all approach and a shift to hybrid cloud.

During this short video blog (vlog), Pete speaks of why hybrid cloud facilitates future options or organizations, and the keys to getting there. Watch the video for his full insights. Or read below for highlights from his vlog:

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First things first: Defining multi-cloud versus hybrid cloud.

“Before we can talk about strategy, we should define what multi-cloud is and hybrid cloud is because the terms sometimes are misunderstood in the marketplace.

Multi-cloud is really two clouds, so if you have two clouds that you work with today, then you're in a multi-cloud environment. By the way, multi-cloud could be an on-prem infrastructure. It doesn't necessarily need to be a private cloud like Concerto or a public cloud like AWS or Azure.

Hybrid cloud is defined by bridging those two clouds together, so that they interact together. Important characteristics of hybrid cloud integration are things like high speed private connectivity.

Why hybrid cloud facilitates future workload portability: Another really big component, and you hear a lot about this if you read some of the various technology publications is preventing cloud lock in. That's a really important concept because multi-cloud and hybrid cloud really embrace the concept, the future concept of what we call workload portability. In the future, we will be able to move workloads from one cloud to the other cloud in a very transparent manner. And so, developing a hybrid strategy that will facilitate that in the future as the technology evolves is really, really important, and we have to begin that process now.”

Keys to moving from multi-cloud to hybrid cloud:

“First, you have to decide the right place to run the workload. Not all clouds are created equal, and so being selective at where you actually run those workloads is very important. Things like performance, things like disaster recovery, geo disaster recovery are all very important in considering where our workload should live.

Number two, is you want to start ‘top of stack’ when you start looking at your architecture versus working from the bottom up. All too often, people begin with thinking through the infrastructure and how all those components should work. You really need to start from the top with the application or the solution.

In today's environment, we hear a lot about cyber security. And so a good emphasis when you start talking about application down is to start with cyber security or application security requirements, and then work down to all of the various components until you hit the infrastructure.

Number three is how you manage this new hybrid cloud environment. It's obviously not very efficient to have multiple management stacks, managing workloads in different clouds, so through this hybrid component, we want to centralize on a single stack that looks and manages every one of those components including things like the application.

The one ring to rule them all:

“Again, going back to the cyber security, application performance, infrastructure performance and focusing in on a single architecture that deploys a single management stack, one that we'd say rules them all or manages them all is really, really important.”

Where to start planning the shift to hybrid cloud:

“Developing a future-proof strategy around hybrid cloud computing is very complex, and so Concerto's put together a group of advisers, we call it our advisory services team, that can work with our customers or prospects to sit down and understand what their 12-, 24- and 36-month objectives are, cloud strategy so to speak, that incorporates hybrid cloud, as well as, where the industry's going.”

Taking advantage of experts for an assessment of your environment and requirements is a great first step to shifting to the one-ring-to-rule-them-all (hybrid cloud) approach.