Fewer than 11% of enterprises in APAC today use a single cloud. Instead, organisations are settling on multi-cloud, hybrid strategy with interoperability between cloud providers.\n\nThis APAC trend reflects what\u2019s happening globally; 92% of enterprises now have a multi-cloud strategy in place, according to the Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud report.\n\nIt\u2019s easy to see why most companies are going down this route: it provides maximum flexibility to pick and choose the best capabilities of each provider while also optimising cost and creating competitive tension between suppliers.\n\n\n\nThe choice and innovation provided by cloud now spans far beyond public cloud; companies are taking advantage of a new continuum of hybrid services spanning public, private, edge, own infrastructure and various permutations in between.\n\nInnovations that were once found only in public cloud are now available in fully private clouds, providing organisations with the ability to spread workloads, software and data across multiple locations while meeting data sovereignty obligations.\n\nHowever, the effect on IT organisations is that they have had to quickly transition from managing legacy infrastructure to becoming experts in orchestrating cloud technologies and integrating them with their existing infrastructure.\n\nThis pace of workforce change needed has proven very challenging in the context of a hot market for skilled staff.\n\nNew challenges from increased cloud adoption & technology\n\nMulti-cloud has great promise, but the pace of adoption of new cloud providers and technologies poses a new set of challenges for IT executives.\n\nCIOs report ever-increasing KPIs and an assumption that digital experiences will always be delivered frictionlessly, now that limitations of legacy infrastructure have been lifted.\n\nThe truth is that while infinite scalability and optionality of multi-cloud provide great advantages, they also introduce new challenges. The added number of providers, APIs, infrastructure types and locations have brought with them a great deal of management complexity.\n\nIT has had to become completely decentralised. There is no longer one or two company data centres where servers, applications and physical infrastructure can be easily tracked and administered.\n\nInstead, company IT assets can now be virtually anywhere, with different control planes, making them more complex to deploy, monitor and manage.\n\nLine of business executives are also demanding the flexibility and short lead times of \u201cAs a Service\u201d (aaS) and \u201cInfrastructure as Code\u201d (IaC). Again, these can be spun up quickly without the traditional CAPEX and build lead times of past decades, but also require new skillsets to manage effectively.\n\nEvery organisation is competing hard to attract the right staff while also \u201ckeeping the lights on\u201d. Having time to train existing staff is out of the question for many organisations that are already experiencing excessive IT workload.\n\nAvoiding cloud pitfalls\n\nA well thought-through IT infrastructure strategy, taking into account a full cloud roadmap, can deliver immense benefits to organisations.\n\nHowever, there are a number of key pitfalls that organisations in the Asia Pacific region frequently grapple with:\n\nWhen building an infrastructure strategy, it\u2019s also essential that organisations don\u2019t rely on individuals to manually provision services in such an environment of added complexity. \u00a0\n\nThe company\u2019s multi-cloud platforms must be consumable, automated, and ready to support DevOps.\n\nThe infrastructure options should be supported by an enterprise network that is seamlessly integrated, secure, and software-driven to be able to quickly address human, physical, and digital aspect of the workplace.\n\nProperly planning and executing a multi-cloud strategy enhances organisations\u2019 competitive advantage by focusing on continuous innovation, automation, and optimisation. This helps companies keep pace with change and enables rapid digital transformation.\n\nOrganisations with properly planned multi-cloud strategies are succeeding in increasing their competitive advantages in areas such as omnichannel digital engagement with customers, AI\/ML driven business processes, frictionless remote work and faster app development times with DevOps.\n\nKnow more how you can elevate your infrastructure for cloud.