Among the advantages cloud computing brings to enterprises, the ability to leverage multiple clouds -- and potentially shift workloads between them as needed -- is particularly compelling. The possibilities range from two or more public clouds, a public and private cloud, or even multiple private clouds.
IDC predicts that more than 60% of enterprise IT organizations will have committed to multi-cloud architectures, driving up the rate and pace of change in IT organizations. OpenStack's most recent user survey finds close to half of its main private cloud user base, 48 percent, also interact with other clouds -- up from 38 percent a year ago, with the main additional cloud being Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The rise of multi-cloud environments demands a rethinking of how things should be managed. For starters, a survey released by BMC finds 40 percent of IT decision makers do not know how much they are spending on cloud services. The survey even finds that artificial intelligence is being considered, with 78 percent indicating that their companies are looking for ways to apply AI as part of their multi-cloud management strategies.