As enterprises migrate to the cloud not only for software, but also for network and server solutions, they become increasingly uneasy about being locked in with one vendor. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is just one aspect of the many moving pieces that IT professionals are managing, so they want more flexibility than what can be offered through a single vendor.
Research from Bain and Morgan Stanley indicated that 22 percent of companies surveyed in 2015 were concerned with using only one cloud vendor, while only 12 percent shared that same concern in 2012.
There are several factors influencing enterprises’ need for multiple cloud vendors. Here are two that significantly impact the need for an open cloud environment:
The need for hybrid solutions: Companies often find they require a mix of on-site and cloud technology, in addition to utilizing both public and private cloud services. Different business needs and skill sets in addition to geographical requirements and regulatory considerations mean that flexibility becomes a priority. Deciding which business processes stay on-site or in the cloud and determining public versus private cloud use makes multiple vendors necessary for agility and flexibility.
Flexibility is becoming a driving influence of many IT decisions about where to place various business processes and workloads. It is important to be able to evaluate which combination of public and private cloud and on-site options make the best environment for a streamlined and cost-effective infrastructure.
The increasing complexity of cloud offerings: The cloud is no longer just a place to store rarely-used data, but instead is becoming more complex and varied in its offerings. High-value services like artificial intelligence, data analytics, and blockchain require platforms and services that interoperate. These technologies call for an open cloud environment where enterprises can best serve their business needs and embrace innovations that translate to a better customer experience.
Overall, the cloud is entering a second phase of development, where companies are broadly embracing cloud technology and there is vast opportunity for innovation. This happens best in an open cloud environment. Enterprises know the best opportunity for making the most of cloud technology is in a setting where they have relationships with a variety of vendors that each embrace a multi-vendor approach.
Cory Communications understands the importance of flexibility and innovation as you implement cloud technology. We partner with you to choose the vendors and solutions that make sense for the future of your company.