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Out with the Old, In with the New Cloud Order: Page 2 of 2

Why flexibility, simplicity, and intelligence are key to optimizing hybrid cloud management and preparing for the future. By Jeff Kukowski

Simple, Flexible Integration Services

Finally, as organizations adopt more public clouds, they will invest in more automation tools. This is already happening today with rapid proliferation of scripts, cloud management platforms, Terraform, Kubernetes—the list goes on. Automation requires integrations, but building integrations hasn't really changed in 20 years. It’s largely point-to-point and it’s mostly custom, which is complex. According to the Consortium for IT Software Quality, custom software is both expensive (52% of projects cost 189% of original estimates) and time-consuming (19% of custom coding projects get canceled).

Custom also makes organizations less agile by creating technical debt. In fact, a full 76% of IT leaders say they find the integration of new third-party services challenging.

On top of all that, the number of integrations will only rise as organizations adopt more tools. Not only will internal IT or MSPs need to write and maintain more custom code, but the coding will never really be complete. No matter how much custom code is written, IT will have to keep changing and updating it to maintain security and compliance.

In the new world, a more flexible approach to integrations based on software-defined services is key. This means building integration services once—across various infrastructure technologies like networking, security, load balancers, and more—and enabling those integrations for rapid, scalable reuse across a growing automation toolset. This eliminates the need for one-to-one custom code while continuing to embrace a multi-tool, best-in-breed approach. By moving from custom integrations to intelligent integration services, organizations will be able to accelerate automation initiatives by better adapting their investments.

Hybrid cloud continues to move quickly. The need to automate, optimize, and secure workloads is increasing at scale. And unfortunately, so are the number of tools and processes required. Organizations need comprehensive solutions that automate, optimize, and secure workloads at scale; myopic, siloed solutions are no longer enough. In this new world, simpler is better. Combined with intelligent automation and flexibility, these critical guiding principles will help businesses of all sizes best optimize what they have, easily adapt to what’s coming down the road, and prepare for the new cloud order.

JEFF KUKOWSKI is CEO at CloudBolt, a hybrid cloud management platform.

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