Industry talking to customers What's this? Multi-cloud: From burden to bounty Published: November 2nd, 2012 By: Glenn Weir Today’s enterprise routinely employs multiple cloud platforms, each with their own set of specific tools. As if this wasn’t complex enough, most enterprise IT environments employ a mixture of cloud deployment models.Complex though it might be, “multi” is becoming the new norm among organizations. And though companies might put on a brave face, soldiering on to keep up with the technological Joneses, facing this complexity daily requires a constant input of energy. Add an ever-increasing IT workload and flat budget into the mix, and the whole thing can seem overwhelming.With highly distributed, siloed environments, there is often no centralized management view. The challenge for IT in such scenarios is to deliver self-service public cloud and private infrastructure that empowers developers while providing the tools and accountability for everyone to easily manage, cost, security, and compliance.Understanding cloud environments and making decisions about multi-cloud management can be challenging. Many questions will inevitably arise, such as how organizations need to adjust to the multi-cloud reality. In “Top 10 best practices for successful multi-cloud management,” IBM presents key pain points and related best practices to help organizations successfully navigate this new, in some ways strange, landscape, including:Cost transparency and visibility: Aggregating bills across multi-cloud while maintaining transparencyStandardized consumption: Finding a tool that allows IT to compare and purchase cloud services and uniformly manage consumptionIntegration: Turning a multi-cloud environment into something resembling a single, seamless network, with a “single pane of glass” when it comes to managementControl without obstruction: Striking that perfect balance between control and empowering users to freely access the services they needChallenges of user management: Applying best practices, predefined integrations, and automation to ensure existing structures can be extended for multi-cloud managementDownload this free publication to better understand multi-cloud environments and the way to best manage them.