Organizations can now grow and pivot with previously
unimagined agility. Enticed by the promises of the cloud,
businesses of all sizes race toward digital transformation.
Since 2009, spending on cloud computing has grown at
4.5 times the rate of IT spending—exploding from $67
billion in 2015 to a projected $162 billion in 2020.By
that same year, up to 75 percent of all businesses will
be digital.

What we’re experiencing today is nothing less than a
seismic change in the way organizations operate and
evolve. But innovation can often outpace planning in this
multi-cloud world, and businesses hoping to drive growth
confront a host of complexities. With several major public
cloud providers continuously developing and offering
new services, you’ll probably be pressured to use the
one that seems most attractive at the moment. And when
one provider introduces a new service that better aligns
with your security objectives, but another offers long-term
archival storage for a fraction of the cost, you can find
yourself stuck in a multi-cloud maze—with all the twists,
turns, and choices that implies.

The fact is, while this multi-cloud world offers nearly
limitless opportunities, it also presents a series of
operational challenges. Managing multiple platforms
with their various APIs and feature sets can dramatically
increase operational overhead. Plus, delivering the same
service level in multiple places, with different controls
and interfaces, can make adopting new clouds difficult
and expensive. Architecting a multi-cloud strategy that
maximizes efficiency and agility can be just as much an
organizational challenge as a technical one.

In a 2016 survey, nearly three-quarters of tech CFOs said
that cloud computing would have the most measurable
impact on their business in the future. If you want to reap
the benefits of the multi-cloud world— while minimizing
the headaches—it pays to plan ahead and consider a few
key principles.

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