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Deloitte Consulting Cloud Guru: 5 Winning Multi-cloud Strategies

Mark Haranas

Deloitte’s Chief Cloud Strategy Officer David Linthicum explains to CRN five winning cloud investments and strategies that channel partners should do if they want to succeed in the multi-cloud world.

Build On Top Of Clouds, Not Within

Cloud complexity was kind of reacting to something we saw coming in two years and that’s starting to occur right now with the advent of multi-cloud.

But looking at autonomous data management, the ability to deal with distributed data through a single control plane, and lots of these theories that have been bantered about for 20 years—the vendors aren’t even moving in those directions yet. But it’s about looking at some of the architectural innovations as to where you can provide value.

We’re seeing all this stuff normalize in terms of the multi-cloud. We’re going to be building things on top of the clouds. It’s not going to be within the clouds as much anymore.

Even though the things may be physically running in the cloud, we’re thinking at this conceptual level that exists on top of the enterprise systems, traditional legacy systems, cloud-based systems, private cloud-based systems—things like that.

So how do you do that if it’s a widely distributed complex system and dealing with the data? Well, you have to figure out where the data is going to be stored. It probably won’t scale if you’re going to distribute the data everywhere and have heterogeneous databases that run everywhere.

But a single control plane, a single virtual virtualization layer, then defining what that looks like, and figuring out how to put it on the path for innovation for not only the client, so they figure out where the world was going, but also the vendors. They’re starting to build products in those directions.

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at

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