There are six imperatives every organization should be thinking about when approaching business digitization. This is the Hierarchy for Digital Business I introduced in my first blog this year. It's a playbook for any organization to reach its full potential – it starts with security as the foundation. Then network automation to manage the increasing number of people and things coming online. The third imperative discussed here focuses on the multicloud world.
The "cloud" is not a place. I hear some customers say "I'm moving to the cloud," but the reality is there is no one cloud, in fact, a single cloud environment is the exception. On average, an enterprise has five cloud providers in their IT environment.
There was once a perception that "moving to the cloud" would provide simplicity, speed, and scale. But that massively distributed environment also had a negative byproduct – a lack of visibility, increased fragmentation, and more instead of less complexity. At Cisco, our focus has been to help our customers work in the cloud in the way that it actually exists, and that is to help them manage and optimize their multicloud reality.
It's a multicloud world after all.
We know organizations have a lot of options when it comes to the cloud. Organizations expect to be able to choose between multiple cloud providers based on features, functionality, locations, policies, and governance principles. So, it makes sense that an overwhelming majority of them are running hybrid cloud environments with both private and public clouds, as well as on-premises resources.
According to IDC, cloud is the most important investment area in our customers' digital transformation plans: 85% are evaluating or using public cloud and 94% of cloud users will use multiple clouds. And, it makes sense. Organizations that have optimized their cloud strategy are experiencing 11% improved revenue growth, 77% IT cost reduction, and 87% reduced time to provision IT servies. They're also experiencing more strategic allocation of IT budget.
Despite the benefits, the challenge for organizations is now navigating and leveraging the many clouds and many vendors that make up that multicloud environment, while optimizing the application performance and ensuring an effective security posture.
A multicloud world must be manageable.
There are many benefits to cloud adoption, including taking advantage of the broad and rapid innovation it enables. But it has left IT departments with a feeling of loss of data control, inconsistent policy deployment, and a fragmented security posture.
Many organizations started with on-premises data centers and private clouds running enterprise applications. As they have expanded their IT environments to the public cloud, they have had to manage multiple public clouds to get the additional capabilities they need – bursts of capacity and the ability to test quickly to accelerate innovation. Add to that, they have different departments or functions across their organization benefiting from Software as a Service (SaaS) applications for function specific needs that each have different optimization requirements of compute and storage resources.
In today's world, IT has to support a heterogeneous environment across on-premise data centers, private clouds, and multiple cloud providers. And, it's complicated… without the right technology in place.
Get control back: simplify how you manage your multicloud reality.
Organizations can regain control of their enterprise with the right support to help navigate, simplify, secure and automate their multicloud environment. Cisco technology and partnerships are enabling organizations to work seamlessly across their private clouds, SaaS applications, and the public cloud. We know there is no one company who can do this alone, which is why we are working with public clouds, such as Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, and Amazon Web Services to provide customers more effective hybrid cloud experiences.
How we are helping customers regain control of their multicloud landscape:
The well-lit path on the multicloud journey.
The Cisco Multicloud Portfolio builds on our rich cloud product set and delivers a simple offer structure that tightly aligns to our customers' needs. As they move to the multicloud world, they need to connect, protect and consume cloud services in a consistent way, no matter where the cloud services reside.
Cisco has embraced cloud, and our strategy is to enable the multicloud world. Our goal is to help organizations address the complexity they are facing in their multicloud environment so they take advantage of the innovation coming out of the public cloud, maximize return on their investments, and achieve their business objectives. At the end of the day, they don't really care about which cloud is doing their work, they just need an intelligent engine to automatically and securely provision the resources to do the work in the best way possible.