Adopting multicloud and overcoming common challenges 

How organizations are overcoming their cloud challenges with a multicloud by design approach – featuring Forrester research
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Eighty-three percent of businesses will have implemented multicloud by 20231. Thus, your organization is probably on the spectrum between having already adopted multicloud and looking to implement such a strategy soon. And while much has been said about the promise of mutlicloud, the truth is that making the move to multicloud can lead to more challenges. 

Combining multiple environments, each with their own unique set of tools and services, can lead to head-spinning amounts of complexity. We know just how difficult this is to get right – but know also that you are not alone in your challenges.   

To help us better understand the potential roadblocks of mutlicloud, and how to help solve these challenges, we asked an analyst from Forrester to share their research. In the webinar below, we discuss the cloud challenges facing businesses today, and how you can overcome these barriers to finding value in multicloud. 

Watch the full webinar.

Multicloud momentum 

In the beginning, different models of cloud existed – IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, etc. The cloud ecosystem has since shifted away from these aaS categories and is now a collection of applications and services. This means that organizations may need to procure applications, development services, analytics services like AI/ML, and traditional infrastructure – no wonder this is complex!  

But because cloud is critical to organizations, business leaders need to piece together an ecosystem of these different services to meet their unique needs. Some organizations stitch together services to combine their best-of capabilities. Others mitigate outage risks by consuming services from multiple vendors.  

No matter the reasoning behind these choices, the result is the same: using multiple cloud vendors leads to multicloud. But as previously discussed, this can lead to some unintended challenges.  

Multiple clouds, multiple challenges 

To better understand these challenges, Dell commissioned Forrester to survey IT decision-makers and their findings indicate that many are encountering the same sorts of roadblocks with multicloud. These include2:

  • Difficulty managing data (31% of respondents) 
  • Difficulty addressing a lack of team knowledge or expertise (27%)  
  • Increasing compliance issues and defects/bugs (27%) 
  • Difficulty managing across public and private cloud platforms (26%) 
  • Lengthy development cycles (26%)  

This complexity is often the side effect of combining multiple environments (each of which often operates differently) without a consistent management experience to unify operations. As a solution, Forrester research shows that a single management experience across public and private cloud platforms can help address some of the complexity of multicloud3.

Multicloud made simple 

With a single management experience, organizations can design a more efficient multicloud that drives value for the business. Multicloud by design means this consistent management cloud experience is available wherever organizations have applications and data. IT decision makers expect such an experience to improve their flexibility, data management, and security postures – all while reducing costs4.

Dell Technologies delivers multicloud by design with Dell APEX  – our portfolio of subscription-based infrastructure solutions that deliver the ease and agility of the cloud experience with more control over your apps and data. With a consistent cloud experience across your IT estate, powered by the APEX Console, your organization too can move to multicloud by design and overcome your cloud challenges.  

To learn more about the challenges of multicloud, and how to overcome them, please watch the full webinar, and read the full research report linked above. You can also dive further into Forrester research around cloud consoles here.

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About the Author: Mitch McLeod

Mitch McLeod is a storyteller on the Dell APEX Portfolio Messaging team at Dell Technologies. Obsessed with what technology can enable for organizations, he specializes in crafting stories around the future of digital transformation. Mitch has held a few roles across the Dell Technologies marketing organization over the last several years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and lives in the New England area. A native of Montana, you can find him reading and/or enjoying the great outdoors.
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