Business Transformation

Five Key Characteristics of a Unified Multi-Cloud Strategy

Multi-cloud is arguably the best configuration for releasing code fast enough to satisfy user demand for innovation across the app economy. It does so by matching world-class public cloud services to unique requirements of critical workloads and scales to support a wide range of enterprise IT needs. Today, nearly three-quarters (73%) of IT decision makers are using two or more clouds1 and that number is predicted to jump another 8% by 20242.

Overcoming Multi-Cloud Challenges

Every public cloud vendor has its own proprietary admin interface, monitoring tools, security processes, and specialized skills required to manage their platform. Thus, without a unifying approach, multi-cloud can drive higher costs, weaken security postures, and add resistance from technologists frustrated by the inherent difficulties in moving apps between siloed clouds3.

In a perfect world, enterprise IT organizations gain resilience through a unified multi-cloud strategy that supports application development on any cloud, accessible from any device—while maintaining security and governance. Unfortunately, without cross-cloud management and visibility, that level of flexibility also increases complexity and risk.

Developing a Unified Cross-Cloud Strategy

To ensure a unified multi-cloud environment, enterprise CIOs are executing strategic plans that incorporate five key factors to underpin success and adopting software-based infrastructure to ensure operations, developers, and user experiences remain intact—no matter which cloud they’re on.

Five key aspects of a unified multi-cloud strategy:

  1. Portability: Quick migration of critical workloads between clouds for optimal resource allocation.
  2. Consistency: Workflow and operational processes that remain unchanged across diverse clouds.
  3. Visibility and Governance: Visibility across the full multi-cloud estate and uniform guidelines and policies for utilizing cloud services across all lines of business.
  4. Security: Consistent security models and policies that reduce risk and vulnerabilities connected to core infrastructure, applications, and devices.
  5. Cost: Tracking costs across the entire estate for efficient resource allocation and cloud pricing.

Learn more about cross-cloud strategy considerations and the five key aspects in the CIO Essential Guidance: Managing Multi-Cloud.


1. VMware. “VMware FY22 H2 Benchmark, Technology Decision Makers.” August 2021.

2. VMware. “VMware FY22 H2 Benchmark: Digital Momentum.” August 2021.

3. VMware. “CIO Essential Guidance: Managing Multi-Cloud.” May 2022