How to get the most out of data, services in a multi-cloud world


There’s no doubt that we’re quickly moving toward a multi-cloud-dominated world. By the end of 2018, over half of enterprise-class businesses will subscribe to more than five different public cloud services.1 The pragmatic reality for the vast majority of enterprises is that their IT, and thus their data and services, will span multiple data centers and computing clouds. This will accelerate fragmentation of data and systems that have to be seamlessly integrated to yield their full potential.

Despite the benefits promised by public cloud, most enterprises can’t realistically move all their data off premises for various reasons—because data sets are too large to move in bulk or because of other preventative regulatory, privacy or security requirements, for example.  

Even in cases where those constraints don’t exist, the switching costs for legacy systems often do not meet ROI expectations. As a result, the predominant IT pattern for many years to come will be a mix of traditional IT along with a growing collection of multiple private cloud and public cloud solutions, often referred to as hybrid cloud. As the multi-cloud world grows, it is essential for enterprises to determine if their clouds are integrated in the most strategic manner. From both a fiscal and strategic standpoint, to make the most of any cloud platform, it’s imperative that both the valuable data and systems are fully utilized.

An increasingly heterogeneous computing environment demands a range of integration approaches that encompass data and applications, as well as message-based and API-based integrations. Doing so will provide optimal access to data and systems wherever they reside.

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