According to IDC, the end of 2018 will likely bring on a tech world dominated by multi-cloud technology, with over half of enterprise-class companies using five or more public cloud services. As a result, businesses will use multiple computing clouds and data centers to manage their data and services.
Making the Switch to Off-Premises Data Storage
Many companies may find it difficult to move data over to the cloud for multiple reasons, including the size of data sets or conflicts with regulations, security, or privacy. Even businesses that don’t face these challenges won’t find a complete cloud transition to be a worthwhile investment because of insufficient ROI.
There is one way to make this process easier in these cases: combine traditional IT with multiple private and public cloud solutions in a hybrid cloud solution. This allows businesses to fully utilize all valuable data and systems in a multi-cloud environment.
Using Hybrid Cloud to Manage Data
A recent IBM study concluded that two-thirds of enterprises that utilize a hybrid cloud strategy have reported an advantage over competitors, with a greater likelihood of using these solutions to monetize and assemble data assets.
While multi-cloud systems have improved cognitive services with more insight, the implementation and monitoring of data analytics can be more complicated. This is where hybrid cloud solutions can help, with more effective data management.
One example of the complexity of data access includes bank systems. Banks hold sensitive financial data in private clouds for maximum control, but something like a mobile app that the bank provides will require access to data that could be on a public cloud. This combination of data based on customer activity can help optimize customer service. For instance, a customer may use a mobile banking app to make repeat monthly payments to the same individual. The app can then learn this habit and make that transaction the first available option for added convenience.
Automating Tasks in Multi-Cloud Environments
Ultimately, the next goal is to successfully automate tasks to make managing multi-cloud environments more efficient. With multiple systems, cognitive capabilities, and data sets on the same platform, cloud clients will have more control in the long run. Companies will also be able to see data in real-time, which can help them make good business decisions as they’re needed.
As cloud technology continues to develop and more companies use these platforms, more and more clients are likely to see their operations improve in many ways, with consistent security and ease of use.