#4 trend for 2023 impacting multicloud management

Sam Ireland, Global Head of Marketing, InterCloud.Feb 17, 2023

Analytics at edge driving need for distributed data management

The nature in which global organizations generate and process data is changing at a rapid pace. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2022 that globally there will be more data produced in the next three years than has been produced over the previous 30 years. So, what changes should we expect this to have on enterprise IT and Networking? And what will it mean for multicloud strategies over the coming years?

This year’s Top Five Trends Impacting Multicloud Management explore specifically how organizations are looking to optimize their infrastructure and processes to be able to enable business operations to transport data to and from cloud applications to improve decision making, and while ensuring that application performance is maintained. The pressure is on too, building on the World Economic Forum prediction, Gartner outlined that they expect 95% of new digital workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms by the year 2025. As a result, an organization’s global network connectivity is going to increasingly become the focus for removing the existing barriers relating to data produced at the edge and responding to the evolving need for this data to be accessed from anywhere, by anyone, as determined by organizational business rules.

As digital capabilities continue to expand, companies face the task of effectively capturing and processing data in real-time for better decision making that fosters continuous improvement. How businesses connect to, and access this data is a foundational requirement — one that not only facilitates data collection from edge systems, but also transports data securely while ensuring high data availability and reliability.

Pierre Cérou, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, InterCloud

Your checklist for embracing this trend and optimizing your multicloud approach:

A best-in class connectivity platform enables businesses to implement a data architecture that ensures data captured at the edge can be transported quickly and securely to the nearest locations for it to be processed and enable analysis for real-time insights.

1. Look for enterprise-grade connectivity with in-built service level agreements (SLAs).

When managing a multicloud infrastructure in-house, you’re likely burdened with the time and resources it takes to keep on top of multiple SLAs for different cloud service providers. A network connectivity management platform can provide enterprise-grade connectivity with SLA-driven commitments on latency and packet flow across all leading cloud service providers, saving you time and resource and allowing your team to focus on other core activity.

2. Give priority consideration to availability and redundancies

Deploy a platform that can centrally monitor and manage network connectivity, with a robust, highly available and global private backbone and built-in redundancies.

3. Consider how bandwidth on-demand can empower your operations

As your workloads shift or change, having the ability to manage and prioritize bandwidth at any given moment can help you to alleviate risk, remove bottlenecks and drive performance. Given the unpredictability of some traffic surges, you need a solution that can help you to react quickly too, without the risk of business operations being impacted.

4. Understand how to orchestrate and monitor your edge devices from a single platform

It’s not just the volume of data that’s being captured by edge devices that you need to consider as you seek to optimize your strategy, there’s several other considerations, such as data security. A multicloud connectivity platform can help facilitate, monitor, and orchestrate these considerations from a single pane of glass.

5. Focus on a centralized platform that helps to optimize your processes from edge to core.

You need to be able to ensure consistent high-performance of applications. A central platform for managing connectivity for all your applications makes network monitoring and optimization straightforward, and easy to align to your business processes.

In short

As more data is produced across your organization, the complexities of delivering network connectivity, managing access, and transporting the data grows too. Ensuring your organization can produce, monitor, and analyze data from anywhere, by anyone across your enterprise will become a route to competitive advantage, and the network will hold the keys to your success. A central platform for managing cloud connectivity across your organization will ensure you can maximize the opportunity and drive forward the performance of your business.

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