Transitioning to one cloud service or platform carries plenty of implementation challenges. Can you imagine the complexities that can arise when you decide to leverage several cloud services for a multi-cloud approach?
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t opt for a multi-cloud strategy — it just means you may need some extra help to do it successfully. That’s where a systems integrator can come in handy. A systems integrator can oversee the entire process of procuring, provisioning and then managing your bundle of cloud services. Systems integrators procure and combine technology — usually software and hardware — from a variety of vendors to provide a more seamless, and sometimes more cost-effective, system or service. This focus ensures your multi-cloud services are consistently meeting your budget and business needs, even if that means switching to another cloud services provider to take advantage of lower prices or better application performance.
They have innate technology capabilities that lower risk
Using a systems integrator to architect a multi-cloud approach means your organisation gets to leverage key design and consulting capabilities already present in the provider’s scope. This includes creating your path to the cloud, ensuring all design, build, integration and testing is done correctly. As the systems integrator already possesses its own innate technology capabilities, you’ll lower the risks around multi-cloud implementation, integration and performance issues. If you work with a systems integrator with its own cloud capabilities, you can leverage deeper expertise, in addition to a potential extra cloud service, if you require it now or down the track.
They act as your mediator to ensure needs are met
Another key way systems integrators make the multi-cloud transition easier is by liaising with your multiple cloud services providers to negotiate pricing, service levels and security needs. Your systems integrator acts as your facilitator— and a translator of all technical cloud jargon that providers sometimes hurl your way — to ensure the cloud provider can meet your business needs and prevent lock-in. This includes deciphering which cloud might work best for a particular application or workload and helping you balance the changing needs of your business services against the right cloud service.
They manage your cloud services under one umbrella to save hassle
Not only will you save your organisation time in the multi-cloud services procurement step by using a systems integrator, you’ll also reduce billing and management hassles, as all your services will be centralised. This centralised approach to multi-cloud will help your organisation better deal with issues of security and latency between private and public clouds, ensuring the backend technical configurations guarantee performance. No matter how complex your multi-cloud arrangement becomes, your systems integrator will preside over its management so it continues to deliver what your business needs.