Multi-cloud is on the rise. In some organisations, individuals and departments adopt various cloud solutions and services over a period of time, resulting in a gradual drift into a multi-cloud scenario. Other organisations deliberately assign workloads to both Microsoft Azure and AWS, seeking to reduce excessive reliance on either vendor, enhance flexibility, improve resiliency and mitigate exit strategy issues. In other cases, sovereignty regulations such as GDPR lead global companies to adopt multi-cloud strategies to keep data in local regions. Either way, multi-cloud is now so prevalent that it’s being referred to by some as the “new normal.”
However, multi-cloud raises challenges as well as benefits. Costs can run out of control, and management complexity can spiral as individuals and teams spin up workload after workload across the organisation, often without involving the IT department. Keeping track of what is under way, where, and for whom can become impossible.
Data and workload fragmentation sets in – silos, much like those we’ve seen for decades in the data centre, but now scattered across the cloud. Also, it’s not uncommon for IT to be unaware of the existence of certain cloud assets, much less where they all are, the resources they’re consuming or the benefits they’re delivering.
Being Wise to Vendor Incentives
Meanwhile, both Microsoft and Amazon are focusing on retaining, as well as attracting, customers. They use contractual devices, but also reward end users for committing more data and heavier workloads to their platforms. Naturally, users take advantage of such rewards, and the greater their reliance on their cloud platform of choice, the greater their inclination tends to be to stick with it.
Unavoidably, a piecemeal approach to multi-cloud results in relentlessly escalating costs, and deteriorating visibility. To effectively leverage multi-cloud’s potential, it is important to improve visibility and bring costs under control. SoftwareONE employs three principal offerings within their PyraCloud platform to help you do exactly that, including:
- Decision Calculator – define workloads or use cases with a broad range of resource requirement parameters (compute power, network capacity, storage capacity, OS type, and geographical region, for example) then review providers to find the best cloud solutions, by capability and cost.
- Tag and Resource Manager – discover, structure and govern cloud resources across multiple cloud environments. Consistently track what cloud resources are being used across multiple cloud environments such as Azure and AWS.
- Cloud Budget Manager – Establish budgets by business units and cloud resources upfront to proactively track spend against budget to identify optimization opportunities.
- Procurement and License Management – central management for all licenses, covering start, end and renewal dates, quotations, orders, contracts, and more. Consolidate invoices regionally or globally to reduce management complexity and enhance efficiency.
Microsoft Advisory Services
License costs are rising, and increasingly impacting technology decisions. The value of vendor discounts is falling – some 70% of businesses are not confident they will get a good deal at renewal, and just over one in five business decision makers believe they receive accurate licensing advice directly from the vendor. (Ref: website completed in 2017)
Independent advice on Microsoft licensing is rapidly becoming essential, especially in the cloud.
Our Microsoft Advisory Services (MAS) practice provides support and expertise across the board, through Software Asset Discovery, License Analysis, Commercial Analysis, License Design and Negotiation, and Implementation. Working closely with you, we help you ensure you buy the right technology, on the right contracts, at the best price. The savings, both financial and in terms of management simplification, can be extensive.