What is Multi-Cloud? How it can help you

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Multi-cloud is a strategy where an organization leverages two or more cloud computing platforms to perform various tasks. Companies that do not want to depend on a single cloud provider may choose to use resources from several providers to get the best features from each service. Multi-cloud can be a mix of two or more public clouds, several private clouds, or a combination of both public and private clouds.

Multi-cloud strategy vs hybrid cloud.

Essentially, a hybrid cloud refers to a pairing of a private cloud and a public cloud. Companies go for such an option when they want to maintain the security and privacy of sensitive data within an on-site cloud solution – or within a privately hosted cloud. A hybrid solution relies on a private data center and leverages the advanced computing resources of a public solution. A multi-cloud strategy can include the use of a hybrid environment but relies on more than one public cloud.

Why do organizations adopt a multi-cloud strategy?

A multi-cloud strategy brings a number of significant advantages to business, including:

  • ROI (return on investment): organizations can choose from different cloud providers to best fit specific application and infrastructure requirements to their own unique business needs.  As diverse business needs arise, change and become more complex, the business can allocate resources for specific uses, maximize those resources and pay for only what they use.
  • Advanced security: multi-cloud empowers organizations by maintaining strict security compliance while optimizing computing resources. This strategy also reduces the risk that a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack could take mission-critical applications offline.
  • Reduced dependence on a single cloud provider: a single cloud provider may not be able to provide an organization with all of the computing services it requires. By adopting this strategy, businesses can pick and choose the provider offering the best price for a given service, thus helping ensure that all providers continue to competitively price their offerings.
  • Reliable architecture: multi-cloud reduces the likelihood that a single service failure will take the entire IT system down. Using hybridization adds another level of security by keeping sensitive data within a secure, local network.
  • Increased disaster readiness: the chance of simultaneous downtime across multiple cloud vendors is extremely low. By leveraging two or more of cloud service providers, risk of disaster decreases significantly.

Some IT experts believe that Multi-Cloud is the future of enterprise IT, as it takes the concept behind modern cloud services to the next level. Though the complexity of running a multi-cloud environment may appear quite serious, the only real difference is the need to monitor a network of networks with tools that deliver end-to-end visibility across all network resources. A partnership with an experienced cloud service consultant is an easy way to deal with this task. Contact us for more information about cloud services and choose the best fit for your specific business needs.

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