Discussions about the cloud often center on the agility and flexibility of the public cloud. But private clouds have now established themselves for enterprise workloads at large companies. In reality, both sourcings result in a mixture of clouds. An integrated multi-cloud future can be unlocked through modern private cloud approaches such as Future Cloud Infrastructure.
For most European companies, the planned multi-cloud strategy is still just a thought experiment. Companies whose business activities date back to the last millennium in particular have different setups. The term 'bimodal IT' describes this reality very well. On the one hand, there is the existing IT, which is by no means something found only at banks or insurance companies. It has been developed over the years and runs stably. But it is under constant cost pressure, especially given the expenses needed to manage these continue to increase and chew up a significant portion of the available IT budget.
An example of a cloud-first strategy at a long-established company could be the notion of having 80 percent of workloads rendered in a private cloud, and 20 percent through public cloud(s) in the next five to ten years. The mix ratio can of course vary depending on industry and workloads. But Pareto always was a pragmatic colleague.
By transitioning to a first-generation private cloud a few years ago, the company has already taken the first step towards this strategy – with the aim of permanently reducing infrastructure costs (we should never forget the cost aspect in any cloud discussion!). But the technology is now outdated. Vacancies in the private cloud put a strain on cost efficiency, and self-service for developers is still not possible. The now established/approved use of Azure from the public cloud is yet to be integrated into a uniform management platform.
That’s when it’s worth thinking about a new-generation private cloud. The existing infrastructures have enabled stable single-mode operation. But the demand for PaaS and public clouds is also growing. A private cloud allowing existing resources to be replaced with minimal expense, while simultaneously integrating the Azure public cloud resources, is a functional approach that transforms coexistence into interaction.
The new platform for future-oriented cloud setup needs to be able to do what a bimodal approach could not: