What is Multicloud Management?
Multicloud management refers to the practices, technology, and techniques used in combining disparate cloud services into a single logical system. Multicloud, in this most general sense, is the combination of two or more cloud services, implying that each organization will have their own multicloud management strategy based on the services the business requires for their unique set of needs. Multicloud leaves the door wide open for many options, including any combination of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models. This can lead to cloud configurations that include on-premise private clouds, hybrid clouds, and public clouds, while serving multiple locations and edge sites.
Because of the ensuing complexity possible in multicloud configurations, management and governance centralization is the main tenet of multicloud management, ideally implemented through multicloud management platforms (also cloud management platforms) that aim to create a single-pane-of-glass view of all cloud resources. To this end these platforms provide consistency in deploying applications to multiple environments, maintaining security and compliance policies across platforms, and drawing insights and visualizations based on monitoring of event and log data.
Multicloud management platforms feature capabilities found in cost management apps, automation software, and infrastructure monitoring software. They are capable of:
- Cloud Monitoring and Analytics — Cloud platforms monitor all cloud resources, and optimize off baseline. They can provide helpful analytics like usage, cost, and performance across multiple vendors and locations helping administrators understand the cost benefit of their networks.
- Self-Service Cloud Computing — Self-service cloud computing allows teams to directly access cloud resources. By eliminating the requirement to work through an agent of the service provider, and granting direct access, DevOps teams can more easily control and provision their workflows as needed.
- Automated Workflows — In the cloud, automation has been a fundamental enabling technology that has effectively eliminated most human error, while it has also enabled containerization, orchestration, and microservices architecture. By operating in the cloud, organizations can also leverage the advantages of automation, thereby gaining unprecedented agility, speed, and reliability.