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4 Key Things to Look for in a Multi Cloud Partner

Your organization has decided a multi cloud environment is the right strategy for 2017 and beyond. Many enterprises are moving in this direction. In my last blog post, I shared how the many benefits of a multi cloud strategy are driving this trend. The next logical step? You want to find a partner that can help manage and support your multi cloud architecture—to help you manage data and applications across multiple platforms, and ensure performance is optimized for availability, interoperability, security, and compliance. Your competitive advantage is at stake.

by Steve Hanney, Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017

Here are four key attributes to keep top of mind when seeking a hybrid or multi cloud partner:

1. Multi cloud management experience

First and foremost, look for a partner with experience. Many talk a good talk, but have they driven success with customers in the cloud space? The right partner provides the access, support, reliability, and flexibility your environment requires—securely—while saving you time and money every step of the way. Not just strategic recommendations. Or experience limited to on-premises data center legacy projects, or public cloud-only implementations.

2. Management of end-to-end architecture

The ideal partner is an application-aware, infrastructure-aware services business. They need to understand multi cloud architecture from a development, infrastructure, and operational perspective. This requires a strong pedigree in two key disciplines:

  • Infrastructure and operational procedures. ITIL (IT infrastructure library) and ITSM (IT service management) best practices are still core disciplines in the cloud era. Interoperability of networking, management, and storage on premises and in the cloud are all key dependencies—as are security, availability, and performance management. Operational considerations of the platform must also be considered, including monitoring, configuration, and updates.
  • Application design experience that encompasses microservices, containers, and a service-oriented architecture model for application development

3. Application migration and rationalization

Transitioning workloads to the cloud, with minimal risk, requires that each workload be carefully assessed to determine the most efficient platform prior to migration. For example, web-based applications require flexibility, performance, and security across locations, geographies, and environments. Internal applications use proprietary data, so they might need to stay on premises.

Your partner must understand not only how to score applications for migration and provide recommendations but also be able to execute on that change: migrate, rehost, refactor, and replace the application.

4. Experience with agile development and DevOps

Does your potential partner have the tools, technologies, and expertise required to move into an agile development model? While ITIL practices are centered on things like service management and change management, application development and execution are being driven by scrum, backlog, and continuous integration and delivery. Find a partner that knows how to deploy the tools, technologies, and workloads that facilitate agile application development as well as innovation and engineering of existing apps.

Once these factors are assessed, dig a little deeper. Do they have expertise in different delivery offerings like mobility, Internet of Things, and cyber security? It’s also desirable to find a partner that can centralize procurement, service delivery, and life cycle management through a service aggregation platform.

Your top priority is to find a partner that can embrace and capitalize on the ever-evolving multi cloud environment, from delivery mechanism and access points to the underlying network and security. Look for a partner that clearly grasps—through proven experience—all the nuances and implications of planning a successful migration to a multi cloud model.

Put Presidio to the test when you have your evaluation criteria set. We help our clients take cloud strategy and adoption to the next level. Through our acquisition of Sequoia Worldwide to form our advanced cloud solutions team, combined with Presidio’s IT infrastructure expertise, we provide private, hybrid, and multi cloud solutions including data center modernization, orchestration and automation, IT transformation, DevOps and software development, and operational support.

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