* We host an intervention by Pierfrancesco Bufano, Senior Pre-Sales Solution Architect of Orange Business Services Southern & Central Europe, on the theme, of a very topical, multicloud.

Having the right IT infrastructure to operate in a digital economy is crucial to the success of the business. In this scenario, multicloud is a key component but, to avoid potential pitfalls linked to complexity and dizzying costs, it is necessary to act with awareness.

The cloud has enabled digital transformation over the last ten years. It is, in fact, the main tool for the digitalization of the business: it offers companies flexible storage and processing systems at low costs, allows the collection of data from thousands of devices and simplifies the processing, enhancing, in fact, the analytical capabilities of the companies.

The cloud is, in short, an indispensable ally for modern digital realities that are in charge of a high amount of data.

In many organizations, however, data remains in application silos, isolated in infrastructure, blocked in systems that generate or process them.

These data must be customs-cleared to produce value and translate into a competitive advantage for the company.

This is where the multicloud comes in.

Where are we with the multicloud?

Today most companies use the public cloud of multiple providers, which we call multicloud computing in jargon.

Companies choose to differentiate the use of the cloud to avoid the vendor lock-in and enjoy the best mix of cloud services.

The recent health crisis is accelerating our transition to a digital, hyper-connected, secure and collaborative world. A world that supports a non-contact economy where economic activities can be carried out without physical presence, always and everywhere. The cloud plays a leading role in this revolution.

As a result, for several years, we have been seeing the consolidation of the services catalogue offered by cloud providers. In the last period, also due to the push of new business needs, many of which are generated by the pandemic, there is a progressive reversal of trend that is leading to a diversification of cloud offerings.

In the post Covid-19, as we move towards a new way of working and doing business, it is foreseeable that we will observe an increase in competition between cloud providers and a strong verticalisation of offerings to services that will differentiate cloud providers among themselves.

The cloud will play an increasingly central role in the profitability and sustainability of the business. Companies will therefore have to be ready to revisit their cloud strategy and even reinvent it.

The adoption of the cloud cannot be without a strategic approach, which is essential to improve efficiency, cost control and access to new technologies.

Companies will need guidance to address the challenges and pitfalls associated with choosing the most appropriate suppliers to meet their needs.

Multicloud has become the norm

The cloud has established itself as an indispensable business enabler. According to the 2020 IDD Cloud Computing Survey, 92% of the company’s IT is partially or completely on the cloud. The cloud therefore exits the IT sphere and is at the heart of the business strategy.

Companies choose multicloud for a variety of reasons.

Generally, they find it impossible to find a supplier that fully meets all the needs. They therefore want to use the best cloud solutions with benefits in terms of data sovereignty, security and compliance. The multicloud also saves costs, consolidating IT workloads on the cloud and ensuring mobility between different providers.

It also offers benefits on the agility front, allowing companies to create new services quickly, drawing on the best resources available from the cloud.

In a new digital, data-driven world, rapid identification of market needs and the creation of new services are key factors for business success.

Working with the right partners

Businesses should not make the mistake of underestimating the energy needed for cloud adoption.

It is not a one-off project but a journey towards a progressive mutation, especially when it includes business digitisation. In this context, the cloud comes out of a purely technical environment and introduces a change in corporate culture and mentality.

Before taking the trip, it is advisable to be joined by a partner with specialist knowledge, who helps companies to define a strategy for transforming the cloud solid but, above all, sustainable and commensurate with expectations.

Many changes fail or stop halfway because businesses try to do too much, too quickly and too self-sufficiently. Problems may arise in maintaining investment in line with business objectives, particularly when attempting to meet a compressed evolutionary roadmap.

We must also take into account issues of safety, efficiency, company value and other potential consequences.

The right partner, with the ideal combination of professional and infrastructure services, can come to the aid. Orange has a portfolio of services dedicated to multicloud adoption, application transformation, cost optimization and migration services, common challenges for most companies.

Orange has recently been classified as “Leader” in the GlobalData’s cloud telecom market report, which mentions partnerships and the involvement of a wider ecosystem as key points of our offer.

According to Flexera 2020 Cloud State Report 2020, 93% of companies already have a multicloud strategy in place. Similarly, IDC expects 2021 to be the year of the multicloud, as agility and scalability will be even more crucial for companies in post-Covid.

Companies are trying to speed up their transition to the cloud quickly to operate better digitally, prepare for any future crisis and better adapt to customers’ needs.

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