On my last holiday, I watched an artist at work. He was a mixologist, whose steady hand poured five different layers of liquid into a tiny glass. The patron then grabbed the ‘shooter’, and, a few seconds later, the mixologist’s work was history. The only thing that remained was the satisfied look on the consumer’s face.
On the other hand, never before have I seen a patron or patrons mucking in. A gaggle of people behind the bar, each one randomly adding ingredients … with someone eventually having to drink it. You can imagine what the bartender would think. Not to mention the person who ultimately has to down the finished product. Too many mixologists spoil the drink …
The modern-day IT situation at companies is not dissimilar to the “bustling” second scenario – except that the bartender or corporate IT department tries to bring order to the chaos: The dream of 100 percent migration to the public cloud has not been able to withstand reality. Legacy systems continue to exist, and ideally need to interact with the new cloud components. The allocation and (lack of?) classification of data gives reason for concern, in view of the statutory requirements. The App Development department works as it thinks best on the most appropriate platforms. Shadow IT … reality.
These are of course snapshots – each company has its own multicloud story, particularly given the many different business models and varying importance and usage of IT. Differing cloud strategies and stakeholders diversify/individualize each company’s situation. Once again, it’s all about the mix – namely the specific initial situation with its particular challenges.
The solution to the multiple challenges faced by business and IT in a multicloud world lies in a framework approach for multicloud and hybrid-cloud management. It must address three levels and be available as a modular system: