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Optimization of Multi-cloud Environments for Greater Efficiency and Security

The previous year was a happening year in terms of enterprise cloud adoption because it witnessed an endemic proportion of cloud deployments by almost ninety percent of enterprises on the global scale, although the extent may vary if you happen to dig deeper into every organization.

Challenges of evolving clouds

This has opened up the next level of cloud computing known as Multi-cloud strategy that promises to implement highly optimized workloads across multiple providers. Multicloud deployments facilitate development of a dynamic platform and it is no wonder that seven out of ten organizations have resolved to embrace the Multicloud strategy before the end of 2019.

The major highlight of a Multi-cloud approach is the widespread infrastructure of such architecture. The expansive reach of this arrangement and involvement of multiple cloud providers is bound to raise security concern to alarming levels. There is also a significant loss of visibility due to sheer spread of such infrastructure and involvement of multiple cloud providers.

In most of the Multicloud hosting arrangements no integrated view of the entire infrastructure is possible due to multiplicity of interfaces and technology preferences. It may never be possible to ascertain if the policies of your enterprise with regard to cloud security are uniformly followed and seamlessly implemented across cloud providers in the given Multicloud infrastructure.

Ironically, the responsibility of implementing security for hundred percent protection of information in a Multicloud deployment rests with the enterprises in the absence of optimum visibility and assured controls. This calls for a systematic approach by implementing some vital steps as discussed ahead.


Trust your testing policies

Test procedures are the most seriously designed procedures by any enterprise and therefore you need to trust these more than any other procedure. Test procedures of cloud providers have a mass appeal and therefore three is hardly a thought given to specific needs of individual enterprises. Unless one develops and tests workloads that are operating in multiple clouds, there is no guarantee of prevention of a security breach. Moreover, you will also face more serious problems such as non compliance and so forth.

The testing of workloads should be a routine procedure rather than a single occurrence. Consistency of following testing procedures that are developed in-house provides assurance of security as well as compliance. By doing so you will gain a robust confidence as far as your multi-cloud operations are concerned.

Root level monitoring

One of the most vital issues in cloud adoption is the lack of access to cloud data, which at packet level. Usually, the cloud vendors offer visibility into cloud instance matrices and not into the packets as such. This is the common complaint of cloud users who are not able to access or monitoring packet level data.

In addition there is no granularity offered in terms of cloud matrices, leave alone continuous visibility of matrices. Identification and resolution of security or performance related issues may be overwhelming in a cloud hosting environment with absence of tailor-made dashboards that can offer precise view of such issues.

Application of context specific smart policies

In order to achieve appropriate analysis of cloud packet data, one must have in-depth knowledge of the context so that intelligent policies can be designed. You can convert the cloud packet data into actionable information only by knowing whether it is useful or otherwise. This demands feeding of the cloud packet data with respect to relevant compliance, monitoring, and analytics.

Unless you apply intelligent policies, it would be impossible to sort the information provided by cloud packet data. In data center environment, this kind of policy may not be required because anyone can identify source of the particular data. Intelligent and smart practices will enable you to divert the data to appropriate departments. Needless to mention, such policies will result in greater performance and optimum resource allocation.

Uniform application of security policies

There must be a policy to monitor the cloud data from a central perspective in order to gain robust control and monitoring. The enforcement of security policies should run parallel for cloud as well as systems management data, irrespective of the underlying platforms.

This will facilitate enterprises to gain seamless control over security in addition to uniform and consistent application of all workloads that include cloud native as well as multi-cloud platforms.


Dawn of the new cloud era is already upon us since a great number of enterprises are adopting Multi-cloud infrastructures that are seamlessly optimized. This has paved way for a robust ability to easily shift workloads across different cloud providers for a highly optimized experience.

Implementation of a seamlessly visible packet-level networking should be the highlight of private networks in order to resolve security related issues that continue to hamper multi-cloud adoption. By achieving seamless availability of packet data, one can easily allocate workloads without loss of monitoring, security, and confidence.

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