How a multi-cloud strategy can simplify your path to the cloud

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Multi-cloud strategy-This year marks my tenth anniversary at VMware. A lot can change in life, but it pales in comparison to how much technology has changed in a decade. When I first joined in 2010, the conversation around cloud computing was a simple one: public or private.

Over time, it evolved into a discussion around hybrid cloud, which focused on the idea that enterprises had to choose between an on-premises, public or private cloud environment. The notion that an enterprise could use a variety of different clouds was not even a consideration. In subsequent years we’ve seen how far from reality that was. As organizations have wrestled with combining their traditional application portfolios and creating cloud native apps, it’s become clear that choosing the right cloud environment to support these cloud apps is critical to performance.

Now, increasing demands for environments that allow enterprises to build, run, manage, secure and connect apps have prompted the dawn of a ‘mix and match’ era of private, public, and edge clouds – all supporting the explosion of applications that are helping deliver the powerful, personalized digital experiences valued by customers and employees. In fact, according to Forrester, CIOs expect the number of clouds – private, public and edge environments – they use to increase 53% in the next 3 years, from 5.6 today to 8.7 in 2023, on the back of an increasing reliance on cloud-native applications to power innovation.

But while multiple cloud environments can certainly support a range of business benefits, they also need consistency of operations to reduce complexity, remove silos and boost manageability. Indeed, in our recent research of IT leaders, decision makers, and developers, 63% highlighted inconsistencies between clouds as one of the top multi-cloud challenges faced by their business.

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