Open ecosystems keep the “multi” in the multicloud

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Mindy Cancila, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Dell Technologies.

It’s a multicloud world, with organizations investing in private and public environments. A steady stream of new features shows the power of cloud computing as it expands to the edge to handle the massive influx of data generated in real time.

Today, more and more clouds are coming. There are telecommunications and sovereign clouds, as well as vertical industrial clouds that provide specific support, applications, and requirements for healthcare, finance, government, retail, and even media.

While this is great news for organizations looking to maximize the value of their cloud investment and achieve critical business goals, it complicates the multicloud landscape. The proliferation of highly specialized clouds can create more silos if companies are unable to freely move data and applications between them.

A robust multicloud strategy ensures that organizations take advantage of the efficiencies of public clouds, such as flexibility and scalability, and bring them on-premises with the benefits of performance, control, and security.

Less is more… complexity

When strategizing, some may say the obvious answer is a monolithic cloud approach – choose one platform with one vendor, rely on their applications and small group of partners.

But this hampers innovation. Closed platforms are the proverbial walled garden in the cloud and developer ecosystem, which reduces integration into the ecosystem and leads to vendor lock-in.

While it may seem simple at first, organizations miss out in the long run by being limited to a set of proprietary services that impact their ability to easily access and adopt future industry innovations.

Too often, organizations that invest in multiple clouds and services must figure out the disparate pieces on their own. Workarounds take time and resources at the expense of innovation and productivity.

According to IDC, two-thirds of enterprises (66%) want to deal with fewer, more strategic cloud and digital infrastructure vendors, while 68% say avoiding vendor lock-in is important.

Organizations want these clouds, applications, platforms and services to work together seamlessly. They want multicloud by design, not by default.

But they don’t necessarily want a single service provider — they want an easier way to manage and orchestrate data and applications across multiple cloud environments.

While the nirvana state is about getting a single view, a more realistic goal may be to reduce the number of unique siled tools for cloud management and orchestration to increase value.

More open, less ego

We see the solution to multicloud complexity differently: break down silos and build an open ecosystem that relies on a wide range of partnerships, collaboration and innovation.

Multicloud is not just a random collection of public clouds, or even loose connections from those clouds to private clouds. Multicloud is about accessing an ever-expanding set of cloud innovations and recognizing that you need the capabilities of the entire ecosystem to deliver modern computing.

This is where open ecosystems come in. They enable interoperability and deeper integration between solutions and services, providing greater access to innovation from a variety of vendors.

This way, the technology not only works, but it also works the way organizations really need it to. It has to be if we are to spark data-driven breakthroughs through AI and cloud-powered automation.

No company or innovator will deliver on the promise of technology. Neither should they. It’s what makes the tech industry so incredibly dynamic – relentless innovation that pushes the boundaries of possibility to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

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