According to a recent study, 98 percent of companies are planning to use a multiple hybrid cloud environment as early as 2021. However, more than two thirds (68 percent) see the road to getting there – i.e. cloud migration – as a challenge. This is often due to the lack of an overview: many cloud landscapes have grown out of proportion and become barely manageable, let alone controlled. In addition, the cloud market with its numerous providers and countless solutions seems unmanageable. As a result, many are overwhelmed with deciding which cloud resources are best suited for which purpose, which in turn means that a lot of potential falls by the wayside.
T-Systems supports companies in implementing a professional multi-cloud infrastructure. With Cloud Assessment, T-Systems scans the entire IT and application landscape with a tried-and-tested software tool. This includes data centers, virtual machines, servers, applications, and IT services of all kinds. The result is a complete inventory. Companies get an overview of which IT resources are used where in the company and which project and operating costs will be incurred, and shadow IT is relentlessly exposed. In addition, our experts will make a recommendation as to which cloud services are the best choice for each application in the company. The result: a clear migration path for a professional multi-cloud infrastructure, which saves both time and money in the company and creates space for other tasks, such as developing innovations or opening up new business areas.
After cloud migration comes professional operation: Ultimately, a complex cloud infrastructure requires expert multi-cloud management that encompasses all cloud services. However, this often presents IT departments with major challenges. 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 of 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 environment 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.
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.
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.
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.