With the promise of scalability and convenience, many organisations are now not only moving to the cloud but are also enabling their operations across different cloud vendors. Why? Because this approach opens up more possibilities and allows them to keep up with today’s digital landscape where workloads are consistently increasing.
“Today, you can choose from the best and most flexible platforms that provide cost savings and resiliency, but no single cloud provider may have the full range of capabilities that are necessary for implementing a particular application”, explained Thimaya Subaiya, SVP, Customer Experience Operations & Renewals, Cisco Systems, in his session at the recent ‘Cisco Live!’ conference.
However, he added that migrating to a different cloud is not an easy task and having a multi-cloud environment can introduce some complex challenges that an organisation needs to solve to leverage the full capabilities of the cloud.
Discussing this, Thimaya gave an example. Today, network connections are made from various locations and devices, and then organisations have lines of businesses purchasing public clouds, possibly in silos, leading to more fragmentation.
For him, this would lead to no visibility or control across your environment. “This fragmented approach means that it is impossible for you to take full advantage of multi-cloud capabilities and because of this, your cloud architecture cannot be accidental. You need a solid, holistic multi-cloud strategy”, he said.
According to Thimaya, Cisco provides a platform that can analyse your current readiness against your strategic business goals and align your roadmap to a cloud selection of public, private and hybrid clouds. This enables flexibility, agility and growth by accelerating your overall architecture.
Adding to that, Alvio Barrios, SVP, Customer Experience Americas, Cisco Systems, reiterated that the difference between multi-cloud success and failure requires a holistic strategy.
Alvio said, “This is inclusive of people and processes, end-to-end security and automation. Cisco customer experience, Cisco CX, has the right cloud expertise to help you accelerate cloud-ready architecture, drive extraordinary customer experience and secure and automate all along the way”.
To talk further about the Cisco Cloud experience, a session from Liz Centoni, SVP, Strategy & Emerging Technologies, Cisco Systems, Inc. was conducted next.
According to Liz, Cisco believes that the hybrid multi-cloud app-centric is the de-facto way of operating. App-centric because the application is the business. Moreover, the application no longer just runs in one place and users consume the application in multiple different ways.
Multi-cloud is important because applications can be location-agnostic and able to consume services from any cloud. Finally, hybrid is also vital because your environment will have a mix of cloud-native, cloud-only applications and services combined with the edge and on-premises applications and services.
Liz mentioned that in order to enable all this, Cisco operates in five areas: delivering the future of work, providing app experience end-users love, simplifying security and compliance, modernising and automating across domains and accelerating with a cloud operating model.