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Visibility and transparency for the multi cloud

With a framework, the multi cloud can be managed transparently without restricting users of cloud services.

More transparency for multi-cloud infrastructures

Multi-cloud infrastructures offer strategic advantages to businesses. They provide the various users in the company with applications and functions when and as needed. Depending on the requirements, applications can be hosted on different cloud platforms depending on the cost benefits, governance and security requirements or performance. However, this requires end-to-end management of all private, public and hybrid cloud services used.

Managing complex multi-cloud infrastructures.

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The running of applications in a multi-cloud environment can pose significant challenges for IT departments. You need to orchestrate resources such as virtual servers and applications into different clouds, giving users enough freedom to control costs and governance requirements. Conventional tools for multi-cloud management do not go far enough. The new approach: a multi-cloud framework that meets all requirements.

Conventional cloud management tools are layered over all private and public cloud services used in the company. Nonetheless, this layer works more like a control unit and partially limits the use of functions and features. A management tool thus represents the lowest common denominator. Everything that takes place outside the tools is out of control, which is a disadvantage especially for developers who want to use a whole range of services in a public cloud for their work. If the cloud management tool restricts access, a shadow IT is built up again without the knowledge of the central company IT despite the management tool, which should actually be captured with the tool. The idea of using the strengths of the individual cloud platforms is therefore counteracted by a tool approach.

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Using the advantages of the cloud securely and transparently

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Many corporate cloud landscapes have grown out of proportion and become barely manageable, let alone controlled. The reason: frequently there was no planned strategic entry into the cloud. The consequence: chaos. The central corporate IT no longer knows which applications are running in which cloud and which services are used by whom in the company.

User-friendly multi-cloud management

The T-Systems framework approach: Instead of using one tool to lay a layer across all clouds, we look at the needs of the different user groups in your company. In addition to central corporate IT, these include application developers, business users and budget managers. They all have different requirements for a managed multi cloud. The T-Systems framework balances interests by supporting each stakeholder as far as possible and at the same time regulating as little as possible to ensure efficient and compliant cloud operations.

Free access to cloud services

Corporate IT is responsible for compliance with governance, security and data protection guidelines and wants to support users of cloud services rather than restrict them. Business users want to use apps in the cloud that make their work as easy as possible. Those responsible for budgets want to know at all times what costs arise for cloud use and how they can reduce costs in the long term. And the developers want to benefit from the innovative power of the chosen cloud platform to enable the new digital business. With pre-defined building blocks with integrated security, compliance and cost efficiency that do not limit their work, they can focus on their tasks.

Facts & figures to multi-cloud

11 %

of German companies have implemented a multi-cloud

≈ 37 %

want to install a multi-cloud by 2020

≈ 33 %

have long-term plans involving multi-cloud

≈ 12 %

unintentionally have a multi-cloud as a result of shadow IT
Interxion, Multicloud Survey 2019

The 5 pillars of the multi-cloud framework:

  • Marketplace
    Choose between different service models: from the pure management platform to the complete all-round service.
  • Cost management
    A unified dashboard that gives you full control over costs, including optimized reports.
  • Governance management
    Define governance policies, implement control sets, and deliver custom modules to users.
  • Monitoring & insights
    Get a complete overview of all cloud traffic down to the individual application.
  • Additional services
    Complete your multi-cloud ecosystem with network services, transformation as a service, ServiceNow, or data historization.

According to Gartner, multi-cloud management should fulfill five key functions:

  • Service request management
  • Provisioning, orchestration and automation
  • Governance and policy
  • Monitoring and metering
  • Multi-cloud brokering