Multi-Cloud Strategy vs Hybrid Cloud
The fact that hybrid cloud and multi-cloud are often used interchangeably adds to the confusion. While it may seem to be a semantic distinction, there is a fundamental difference between the two, and we assume that as multi-cloud models become the norm, the distinction will become much more relevant.
What is Multi-Cloud?
In a multi-cloud solution, an organization uses a range of public cloud services from various providers. To achieve best-of-breed results or minimize vendor lock-in, multiple clouds can be used for various tasks. This represents the acknowledgment that not all clouds are the same. Marketing and sales, for example, are likely to have different needs than Software Development or Research and Development, and various cloud technologies will better meet those needs.
What is Hybrid Cloud?
A hybrid cloud is a solution that combines a private cloud with one or more public cloud services, with proprietary software allowing each service to communicate with the other. A hybrid cloud strategy will enable companies more flexibility by allowing them to switch workloads between cloud solutions as their needs and costs change.
This differs from multi-cloud in two main ways:
Multi-cloud typically includes several public clouds and has the physical and virtual infrastructure (including private clouds.), while hybrid always comprises private and public clouds.
In contrast to a multi-cloud model, where different clouds are used for other purposes, a hybrid cloud’s components usually collaborate. As a result, in a hybrid environment, data and processes appear to intermingle and intersect, while in a multi-cloud environment, usage usually stays in its “own” cloud’s silo.
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