Multi-cloud is on the rise. In some organisations, individuals and departments adopt various cloud solutions and services over a period of time, resulting in a gradual drift into a multi-cloud scenario. Other organisations deliberately assign workloads to both Microsoft Azure and AWS, seeking to reduce excessive reliance on either vendor, enhance flexibility, improve resiliency and mitigate exit strategy issues. In other cases, sovereignty regulations such as GDPR lead global companies to adopt multi-cloud strategies to keep data in local regions. Either way, multi-cloud is now so prevalent that its being referred to by some as the new normal.
However, multi-cloud raises challenges as well as benefits. Costs can run out of control, and management complexity can spiral as individuals and teams spin up workload after workload across the organisation, often without involving the IT department. Keeping track of what is under way, where, and for whom can become impossible.
Data and workload fragmentation sets in – silos, much like those we’ve seen for decades in the data centre, but now scattered across the cloud. Also, its not uncommon for IT to be unaware of the existence of certain cloud assets, much less where they all are, the resources they are consuming or the benefits they’re delivering.
Being Wise to Vendor Incentives
Meanwhile, both Microsoft and Amazon are focusing on retaining, as well as attracting, customers. They use contractual devices, but also reward end users for committing more data and heavier workloads to their platforms. Naturally, users take advantage of such rewards, and the greater their reliance on their cloud platform of choice, the greater their inclination tends to be to stick with it.
Unavoidably, a piecemeal approach to multi-cloud results in relentlessly escalating costs, and deteriorating visibility. To effectively leverage multi-cloud’s potential, it is important to improve visibility and bring costs under control. SoftwareONE employs three principal offerings to help you do exactly that, including:
As well as helping with on-premises software portfolio management, SoftwareONE’s PyraCloud platform also helps organisations manage those workloads that have been moved to the cloud. Supporting decision-making with hard, actionable, up-to-date information, PyraCloud is a cloud-agnostic, modular solution offering capabilities including:
- Decision Calculator – define workloads or use cases with a broad range of resource requirement parameters (compute power, network capacity, storage capacity, OS type, and geographical region, for example) then review providers to find the best cloud solutions, by capability and cost.
- Tag and Resource Manager – discover, structure and govern cloud resources across multiple cloud environments. Consistently track what cloud resources are being used across multiple cloud environments such as Azure and AWS.
- Cloud Budget Manager – Establish budgets by business units and cloud resources upfront to proactively track spend against budget to identify optimization opportunities.
- Procurement and License Management – central management for all licenses, covering start, end and renewal dates, quotations, orders, contracts, and more. Consolidate invoices regionally or globally to reduce management complexity and enhance efficiency.
Microsoft Advisory Services
License costs are rising, and increasingly impacting technology decisions. The value of vendor discounts is falling some 70% of businesses are not confident they will get a good deal at renewal, and just over one in five business decision makers believe they receive accurate licensing advice directly from the vendor.
Independent advice on Microsoft licensing is rapidly becoming essential, especially in the cloud.
SoftwareONE’s Microsoft Advisory Services practice provides support and expertise across the board, through Software Asset Discovery, License Analysis, Commercial Analysis, License Design and Negotiation, and Implementation. Working closely with you, we help you ensure you buy the right technology, on the right contracts, at the best price. The savings, both financial and in terms of management simplification, can be extensive.
Software Asset Management (SAM)
The traditional take on SAM amounts to little more than a one-time license compliance audit. SoftwareONE takes a more comprehensive approach, encompassing all of the infrastructure and processes necessary to effectively manage, control and protect every software asset across the organisation, through all stages of the software lifecycle.
We can help you control (and often, substantially reduce) your costs, remodel your licensing to make it more suitable to your needs and circumstances, and build a foundation for IT growth, leveraging technology to your advantage. We help you minimize risk, reduce IT costs and maximise end user productivity.
Blending these three key components (PyraCloud, Microsoft Advisory Services and SAM) with SoftwareONE’s unmatched commercial and technical experience and understanding in the software management arena, results in a compelling proposition: we can help you adopt multi-cloud with confidence, enjoying all its benefits – flexibility, vendor plurality, agility and efficiency – while maintaining clear visibility and tight cost control.
Find Out More
If you are based in the UK, we have a special event coming up, looking at Multi-Cloud and how to make it work for you. On 30th November 2017 at Mercedes Benz World, Brooklands, with input from SoftwareONE, Microsoft, Amazon and VMware this will be an ideal opportunity to find out more about multi-cloud and discuss the issues that matter to you with the experts here.
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