IT Brief Australia logo
Technology news for Australia's largest enterprises
Story image

Will 2022 be your year of multi-cloud adoption?

By Contributor
Wed 19 Jan 2022

Article by Zscaler regional vice president and A/NZ country manager, Steve Singer.

Transitional changes in technology are happening at an ever-increasing rate, and the pace is unlikely to slow any time soon.
 
In the past, the strategic focus tended to be on shifting from a physical to a virtualised infrastructure. Rather than purchasing multiple boxes, servers were created in software and then decommissioned at the press of a button.
 
Fast forward to today, and the focus of most organisations is the cloud. Many have already shifted some (if not all) of their IT infrastructure to a cloud platform, while others are still navigating the journey.
 
Shorter lifecycles
During the early years of this century, investments in hardware and software tended to have life cycles of between three and five years. The introduction of cloud computing, however, has changed the game.
 
Companies can now afford to experiment and change often. As a result, cycle times have now shortened to around six months or less. And as a result, IT evolution is becoming faster than ever.
 
Thankfully, many C-level executives understand these shifts are necessary to maintain a competitive advantage. But, at the same time, they tend to be less clear about what they will do when the most recent shift is completed.
 
In reality, organisations focused on cloud migrations are missing the point. The real benefits can only be realised if they embrace a multi-cloud approach.
 
The power of multi-cloud
The few organisations that have achieved cloud transformation - or were 'cloud-native' from the outset - have a significant advantage over others who've migrated to it. Deconstructing siloed, on-premise applications into distinct highly aligned layers deliver real choice.
 
While cloud platforms are far from new, the way they are being used is rapidly evolving. Many organisations are discovering the value of mixing services across multiple cloud providers.
 
This is very different from the early days of the cloud, when organisations tended to be vendor-agnostic. Most selected one provider and entrusted their IT infrastructure to it.
 
Back then, such an approach made sense, as becoming an expert in more than one platform was challenging. Many organisations struggle to build and seek talent with experience for one cloud vendor, let alone two or more.
 
The second reason is that having a private network is a drag on multi-cloud adoption. Not only is such a network expensive and complex to maintain, but there is also a constant obsession with bandwidth and latency. Network performance limits the potential of multi-cloud adoption and prevents truly objective selection. Developers are forced to architect within a single cloud platform to avoid poor performance.
   
It's all about flexibility
In many cases, the motivation for adopting a multi-cloud infrastructure is to create a disaster recovery safety net. Rather than establishing a traditional on-premise DR capability, the resources are used in the cloud as and when required.
 
Interestingly, however, sophisticated cloud users do not think in this way. Instead, they create highly resilient architectures and are designed to come to life in the event of failure.
 
Rather than thinking of multi-cloud in terms of disaster recovery, these organisations see the strategy more as a means of gaining competitive advantage and having the choice to support ever-evolving business models.
 
Cloud platforms are differentiating themselves in new and exciting ways to meet this shift in thinking. Capabilities such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics emerge as unique selling propositions between providers. A multi-cloud strategy means an organisation can take advantage of each platform's competitive edge.
 
Achieving successful multi-cloud adoption
Harnessing the benefits of multi-cloud requires an organisation to focus on two key areas. The first is having solid cloud security posture management (CSPM). This involves deploying a set of tools that can provide configuration assurance across multiple cloud vendors.
 
The second area is establishing a way to communicate between services across multiple cloud vendors, which can be a challenge. As a result, most organisations are forced to create independent transit network hubs between cloud platforms to broker communication. Unfortunately, this can lead to unacceptable latency.
 
This is where Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) technology can provide a solution. Using SASE, an organisation can connect objects - applications, users, and data - using the most secure and optimal path. Furthermore, developers can adopt a multi-cloud architecture that supports resilient and scalable operations by coupling SASE and a Zero Trust architecture.
 
While using a single cloud platform has worked in the past, following a multi-cloud strategy will be what delivers the most value in the future. It's one worth exploring.  

Article by Zscaler regional vice president and A/NZ country manager, Steve Singer.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - Adatree, Brother, Databricks, Nutanix & Rubrik
We round up all job appointments from May 20-26, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Customer experience
The importance of service level management to customer experience
Staffing shortages have impacted site reliability engineers in particular since they are under extreme pressure to ensure that digital assets perform at optimum levels 24/7.
Story image
DevOps
Deloitte expands cloud observability practice with Dynatrace
Deloitte is expanding its cloud observability practice, including DevOps principles, AI/ML, cloud complexity management and software engineering.
Story image
Contact Centre
Leveraging technology in contact centres to reduce attrition rates
Many organisations worldwide have accelerated DX to better respond to changing market drivers and business environments after the disruption of the pandemic.
Story image
APAC
Top data and tech challenges for APAC banks - report
InterSystems’ new report finds that 87% of A/NZ banks experience frustrations and concerns in using their data to drive decision-making.
Story image
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile now makes up over 7% of Aussie prepaid market
Boost Mobile has doubled its market share over the past four years and now has more than 7% of Australia's prepaid market, equivalent to over 700,000 people.
Story image
DaaS
NetApp launches Spot PC, a new Desktop-as-a-Service solution
This is a new managed cloud DaaS solution with security, automation, observability and optimisation capabilities, designed for the needs of today.
Story image
Digital Transformation
Digital transformation increasing business complexities
A new survey suggests businesses must re-examine their digital transformation approach to better help employees adapt to change.
Story image
Sustainability
Aligned Data Centers increases sustainability-linked loan
Aligned Data Centers has increased its sustainability-linked loan from $375 million to $1.75 billion to speed up the next phase of its strategic growth.
Story image
Cybersecurity
What every CISO must answer to enable a best-in-class security operations program
It has been widely reported recently that South Australian government employees have been the victims of a cyberattack.
Story image
Microsoft
Elevation of Privilege the top 2021 Microsoft vulnerability
BeyondTrust has released its 2022 Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report, finding that Elevation of Privilege is the top vulnerability category for the second consecutive year.
Exabeam
Find out how a behavioural analytics-driven approach can transform security operations with the new Exabeam commissioned Forrester study.
Link image
Story image
Kubernetes
Sysdig unveils new Kubernetes troubleshooting and cloud innovations
Sysdig has introduced two new innovations that look to help bolster cloud services and simplify Kubernetes troubleshooting.
Story image
Managed service provider
Barracuda MSP Day 2022 highlights MSP opportunities
Barracuda Networks has released a report showing global services-related MSP revenue is set to increase by more than a third in 2022 compared to 2021.
Story image
GapMaps
GapMaps Live to improve brand decisions on physical locations
GapMaps has released its latest service GapMaps Live, giving more insights and features to help brands make better decisions about physical locations.
Story image
Data Protection
Information management capabilities to meet privacy requirements
Organisations with customers or operations across more than one country face a spate of new and proposed privacy and data protection laws.
Story image
SpaceX
Australian space tech startup secures SpaceX support
Space Machines Company has secured the support of SpaceX as a launch partner in carrying SMC's Optimus Orbital Transfer Vehicle to space next year.
Story image
Phishing
MailGuard warns of new scam targeting Telstra customers
Telstra customers in Australia are being warned of a new scam involving "Unsuccessful Payment" messages.
Story image
Customer experience
Phone, internet complaints increase for first time in five quarters
Phone and internet complaints have increased for the first time in five quarters, according to a new telco report from the Ombudsman.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Accenture - a collective security approach a driving factor for cyber resilience
With the approaching Davos World Economic Forum upon us, it is even more imperative to discuss the impact of cybersecurity on business operations leading into the future.
Story image
Digital wallets
Australians lead the way in digital payment use - report
Australian consumers are at the forefront of mobile wallet use and adoption of digital banking tools, abandoning cash and physical payment experiences.
Story image
Ponemon Institute
Email revealed to be riskiest channel for data loss
More than half (60%) of organisations experienced data loss or exfiltration caused by an employee mistake on email in the last 12 months.
Story image
Hybrid Cloud
Barracuda expands cloud-native SASE platform
"The expansion of Barracuda's cloud-native SASE platform for hybrid deployment models and IIoT environments solves a number of challenges."
Story image
Cyber attacks
Devastating cyber attacks expected to hit energy sector
Energy executives anticipate life, property, and environment-compromising cyber attacks on the sector within the next two years.
Story image
Data Center
Preventing downtime costs and damage with Distributed Infrastructure Management
Distributed Infrastructure Management (DIM) can often be a lifeline for many enterprises that work with highly critical ICT infrastructure and power sources.
Story image
VPN
The most common online scams in Australia
No one is safe from online scammers, and many of these scammers have capitalised on the pandemic, using this confusing time to attack more people than ever.
Story image
MEC
MEC spending for private cellular networks to reach $5.8b
A new ABI Research report finds the revenue for Multi Access Edge Compute (MEC) deployments for private cellular networks will reach USD$5.8 billion by 2030.
Story image
Silver Peak
The path to an adaptive, modern network
Managing and securing the network looks different than it did just two years ago—especially given that most of these networks are made up of multi-generations of infrastructure stitched together over time.
Story image
Transport
Third-party automotive apps bear significant privacy risks
Mobile applications for connected cars provide various features to make life easier for motorists, but they can also be a source of risk.
Story image
Microsoft
Microsoft, Cloudian partnership offers data center flexibility
Cloudian’s HyperStore object storage platform is now integrated and validated to work with Microsoft SQ Server 2022, offering more flexible and scalable data centers.
Story image
Multi Cloud
Red Hat updates dev tools, empowers use of hybrid and multicloud
Red Hat has unveiled updates across its portfolio of developer tools, designed to help organisations build and deliver applications faster.
Story image
Informatica
Informatica, Oracle enter strategic global cloud partnership
Oracle named Informatica as a preferred partner for enterprise cloud data integration and data governance for data warehouse and lakehouse solutions on OCI. 
Story image
Identity and Access Management
The post-pandemic workforce requires secure IAM capabilities
HID Global discusses what identity and access management means for organisations in today's convoluted digital world.
Story image
Digital Signage
MAXHUB's Digital Signage range to bolster boardroom productivity
The new MAXHUB Digital Signage technology is purpose-built to make every kind of team meeting more effective.
Story image
SaaS
The paradox of change, and how to get around it
The business decision to technologically transform should not come from an IT department but from the business itself.
Story image
Malware
Fortinet introduces self-learning AI in latest offering
Fortinet is introducing self-learning AI capabilities in its new network detection and response offering, FortiNDR.
Story image
BYOD / Bring Your Own Device
How zero trust can lead the battle against ransomware
SecOps teams champion a zero trust strategy to support the fight against the escalating risk of cybercrime and help monitor threat actors across a network.
Story image
Symbio
Symbio consolidates TNZI business to support APAC expansion
Symbio has recently announced the consolidation of its international business (TNZI) under the Symbio brand to support its Asia Pacific expansion strategy.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Gartner reveals top three tech trends for banks this year
Gartner says generative artificial intelligence, autonomic systems and privacy-enhancing computation are gaining traction in banking and investment services.
Story image
NVIDIA
NVIDIA announces a spate of new innovations at Computex 2022
NVIDIA has announced its latest innovations in data center, robotics, content creation, and gaming in a virtual keynote address on the opening day of Computex 2022 in Taipei.
Story image
Check Point
Check Point and CCTV expert join forces to boost protection
The partnership will involve Check Point Quantum IoT Protect Nano Agent being embedded in Provision-ISR’s CCTV cameras for on-device runtime protection.
Story image
Sustainability
SoftIron named global leader for efficient DC infrastructure solutions
SoftIron has been named a global leader for supplying energy-efficient data infrastructure solutions for core-to-edge data centers after an assessment by Earth Capital Ltd.
Story image
Training
Infosec unveils role-guided cybersecurity training roadmaps
Infosec Skills Roles maps hands-on training and certifications to the 12 most in-demand cybersecurity roles to maximise training efficiency.
Story image
Infosys
Consumer relationships with digital services continues to change
Two years of pandemic-induced reliance on technology for work has altered our relationship with digital apps and services, new research has found.