Over the past ten years, cloud computing has become an integral part of the enterprise IT environment. But this development has also brought new challenges. Driven by their business strategy and technical requirements, companies are now delivering workloads across multiple public, private and edge cloud platforms. On the one hand, such an approach to using multiple cloud platforms – often referred to as a multi-cloud strategy – ensures that companies select best-of-breed solutions for their workloads, optimally deliver business-critical workloads and next-generation workloads and successfully go through their digital transformation (DX). On the other hand, multi-cloud strategies have also increased the level of fragmentation in companies. This includes the differences between private and native public cloud environments as well as the differences between the various important public cloud service portfolios.
The lack of consistency across platforms leads to a number of separate processes, platforms and tools within an organization, which increases the complexity of managing deployments on the cloud platforms. In addition, differences between platforms may result in different skills and training requirements as companies expand their skills. All of this results in additional management and personnel costs as well as increased total cost of ownership (TCO). Without closing these gaps, multi-cloud strategies often turn out to be largely ineffective and restrict innovations because they burden companies with incompatible infrastructure silos and higher operating costs. A survey of IDC among 500 enterprise IT departments with hybrid cloud environments showed that this lack of consistency between cloud platforms is a significant challenge.