IT organizations in the midst of digital transformation have several different mandates these days. A big one is moving their cloud operations to the next phase: multi-cloud. Another one is better leveraging data -- both internal and from outside sources -- for customer service, marketing, product development, and operations. Each of these mandates is important to building a modern enterprise that is as efficient and fast as customers and employees expect. But putting the two together is still an emerging discipline that not all enterprises have mastered.
Mastering that discipline is at the top of the agenda, however. More than two-thirds of enterprises are implementing or developing strategies to tackle the new multi-cloud reality, according to a new study from the Evaluator Group titled Trends in Multi-cloud Data Management.
Multi-cloud has a lot of appeal. It helps enterprises avoid getting locked in with a single big cloud provider. It provides a back-up plan for operations if one provider has an outage. Plus, it gives you options and leverage when it comes to pricing.
"Multi-cloud is becoming the norm as enterprises look to work with multiple providers for business continuity and pricing leverage," said senior analyst and report author Krista Macomber. "This means that their applications and their data needs to be portable across varying public cloud environments, and also be interoperable with on-premises private clouds."
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