Enterprises that have migrated workloads to the cloud are quickly coming to realize that even virtualized, third-party infrastructure does not in itself provide the flexibility needed to meet emerging data requirements. This is particularly true in single-cloud environments in which resources and configuration options are limited to what the cloud provider has developed for generalized consumption.
This is why multi-cloud architectures are expected to make a big play in the coming year. By distributing data and applications across varied infrastructure, the enterprise can better tailor resources to the appropriate workload and reduce the risk of stranding workloads in cloud-based silos.
The challenge, of course, comes in managing the multi-cloud environment. Hybrid clouds, by nature, are designed to provide portability and federation across disperse resource sets, but how advanced is this technology really? And does it provide the kind of seamless level of operation to truly propel data productivity to a new level?