Before your organization gets too far into a multicloud environment — using some combination of hyperscale providers such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, along with private clouds — it’s wise to develop a management strategy. Proper multicloud management supports long-term optimization and amplifies a DevOps culture, which is complementary to this strategy. As we discuss on the CDW podcast Simplifying DevOps, when multicloud and DevOps are deployed together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
In general, organizations should take existing IT best practices and extend them to cloud platforms, adapting as necessary. The same security and resiliency objectives that apply elsewhere also hold true for the cloud, particularly given the shared responsibility model that governs public cloud arrangements. Beyond that, organizations should focus on four key areas.