* we host an intervention by Gianfranco Gargiulo, Cloud Consultant of Orange Business Services

Multicloud is a key component of the right IT infrastructure for a digital economy, which is crucial for corporate resilience. But to avoid the pitfalls of complexity and dizzying costs, it is necessary to act with awareness.

In recent years, the adoption of cloud solutions has been crucial for the rapid progress of digital transformation: the cloud has offered companies lower storage and processing costs; it has allowed data to be entered from thousands of devices, objects and sources; and it has

But for many organizations, data still remains in silos, isolated in local infrastructure and even for the most innovative companies risk being blocked in third-party cloud service providers’ systems and processes.

These data must be enabled and flow better to be of real utility and to translate into business results. This is where the multicloud comes in as an essential enabler.

Where are we with the multicloud?

The consolidation of IT services on the cloud has been a trend for several years, but at this time infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is growing rapidly.

The dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, has changed many business thinking patterns, including cloud service providers.

The industry’s leading suppliers have rapidly expanded their cloud offerings to meet new business needs, many of which are generated by the pandemic.

In the post Covid-19, as we enter a new world for work and business, it is foreseeable that we will see a further increase in the supply of new services by old and new cloud providers.

Today, many companies use public cloud services that are more than just providers, what we generally call multicloud computing. Companies have taken this path more or less consciously: sometimes to avoid the vendor lock-in, sometimes to have access to the best solutions.

Multicloud will become the norm

Companies will increasingly and more consciously adopt multicloud strategies in an effort to increase agility and flexibility, which are increasingly important factors with the pandemic.

A multicloud strategy allows a wider choice: it allows companies not to connect to a single provider, with advantages in terms of data sovereignty, security and compliance.

The multicloud also saves costs, consolidating IT workloads on virtualized servers and allowing companies to use cloud solutions at different price levels.

It also offers benefits in terms of corporate resilience, another element that has become vital after the pandemic: using multiple cloud providers means eliminating individual error points.

The multicloud also allows companies to match workloads with cloud services and meet procurement preferences for each business line. It is also the best way to support new digital initiatives, such as big data analysis and IoT platforms, which with growth in use may require new infrastructure requirements.

Working with the right partners

Each company should be provided with multicloud solutions from multiple suppliers, because this helps to shift operations based on workload. To do this, it is advisable to be joined by a partner with specialist knowledge to know how, for example, to keep a private cloud to be used as a backup or how to solve any regulatory compliance problems.

Making a smooth migration to the multicloud can be a complicated process, especially because companies often try to do too much, too quickly and without the appropriate knowledge.

Problems may arise in maintaining investment in line with business objectives, particularly when trying to meet tight project deadlines. 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 services, can come to the aid. Orange has a portfolio of services dedicated to multicloud adoption, application transformation, cost optimization and migration services, which are common challenges for most companies. Orange has recently been classified as… Leader in the GlobalData’s cloud telecom market report, which motivated the outcome by citing partnerships and involving a wider ecosystem as key points in our offer.

Multicloud is the right choice for the times we are going through: the COVID-19 has brought attention to flexibility and agility and companies will have to know how to do more things and faster in the future. 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 in post-Covid agility and scalability will be even more fundamental for companies.

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