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Hitting the cloud complexity wall—and hopping over it

Part of the On Cloud Podcast series

If you're like many other companies, your multi-cloud journey has hit a complexity wall that can increase costs and reduce value. One key to solving cloud complexity lies in abstraction and automation.

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Mediating cloud complexity with abstraction and automation

Most organizations that have moved to a multi-cloud architecture have experienced cloud complexity. In this podcast, David Linthicum tackles the complexity issue and gives advice to mediate it. According to David, abstraction and automation are essential. First, deploy an abstraction layer above and across cloud platforms for tasks like operations, security, governance, and configuration management. Then, automate as many of those processes—especially operations—as you can.


The idea here is not necessarily to accept the fact that we’re going to have to throw money at the problem…but of how you deal with complexity using things such as abstraction and automation.

As the chief cloud strategy officer for Deloitte Consulting LLP, David Linthicum is responsible for building innovative technologies that help clients operate more efficiently while delivering strategies that enable them to disrupt their markets.


To reduce cloud complexity, slow down to speed up

It may seem counterintuitive, but to reduce cloud complexity, it's sometimes necessary to slow down to speed up. Why? Because planning and balancing standards with flexibility pre-migration can save time, resources, and pain in the long run.

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What helps manage cloud complexity? A sound strategy and security

Many companies struggle with cloud complexity management. A solid cloud strategy can help. So can putting development guardrails in place and focusing on security.

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Cloud, in context

Cloud is more than technology. It’s about making cloud work for your business. Our hosts, David Linthicum and Mike Kavis, deliver their unique perspectives around the technology, business, and culture of cloud to help you achieve your cloud goals. Topics range from an enterprise-level, strategic look at cloud to practical information on the people, processes, and technology that can make cloud work better for your organization.

David is a top cloud influencer and author of 13 books plus thousands of articles on cloud. Mike is the author of two books, including the recently published Accelerating Cloud Adoption, and won the 2010 AWS Global Startup Challenge. They know cloud. Listen to the Deloitte On Cloud podcast to get the information you need to achieve your possible with cloud.

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