What is multi cloud?
Multi-cloud is a cloud environment in which you mix & match cloud services from different providers, most frequently to meet specific workload needs, but they are not connected or orchestrated between them. Hybrid cloud basically means that you mix on-premises private cloud and third-party public cloud with orchestration between them.
Regardless of your own specific definition of hybrid cloud, or your particular mix of private cloud, public cloud, and traditional datacenter there is another important distinction between the two: multi-cloud is more of an overarching mode of implementing and managing cloud, whereas hybrid cloud refers more specifically to the underlying technology portfolio.
Hybrid cloud is the underlying mix of private (both on-premises or managed/hosted) and public cloud environments that enables CIOs to match and move workloads to the right environments at the right times, depending on their specific business and technology needs. A multi-cloud strategy might be a great enabler of a hybrid cloud model, but they’re not the same thing.
Multi-cloud is not a form of hybrid, but is a specialized term used to imply running in multiple different public cloud environments, usually in discussions of avoiding lock-in to a single cloud vendor. Multi-cloud is inherently multi-vendor.
Implementing multi-cloud is about more fully realizing the powerful potential of cloud and giving IT teams increased flexibility with and control over their workloads and data, be it internally or externally, on cloud vendor a, b or c.
Multi-cloud strategy allows an organization to meet specific workload or application requirements – both technically and commercially – by consuming cloud services from several cloud providers. Not every department, team, business function, or application or workload will have similar requirements in terms of performance, privacy, security, or geographic reach for their cloud. Being able to use multiple cloud providers that meet their various application and data needs is critical as cloud computing has become more mature and mainstream. Business units may begin using a cloud provider for a particular project, then IT will need to fold use of that provider into an overall cloud plan, which could require an different cloud provider, or even a move from external to internal, on premise solutions.
You will also enjoy geographic benefits to using multiple providers, to address app latency concerns, for example, but also for specific local security and privacy requirements, such as GDPR.
Additionally, vendor lock-in concerns and possible cloud provider outages are two issues that pop up frequently when IT leaders opt for multi-cloud strategy. With Gartner also directing clients towards a multi cloud setup and our long lasting relationships with enterprise clients, Proficiency believes a multi-cloud strategy can be a way to avoid single points of failure and downtime, or simply a mechanism to consume unique innovations from several providers. And another real advantage driving multi-cloud strategies is greater flexibility and agility to adapt to the breakneck pace of modern business. If your business needs change, your cloud can change with them. You will be able to grow with the cloud. You will have a lot more options and flexibility. It’s a really good business case.