Multi-cloud the use of multiple cloud computing and storage services in a single network architecture.
This refers to the distribution of cloud assets, software, applications, and more across several cloud environments. With a typical multi-cloud architecture utilizing two or more public clouds as well as private clouds, a multi-cloud environment aims to eliminate the reliance on any single cloud provider or instance.
Multi-cloud is the use of two or more cloud computing services from any number of different cloud vendors. A multi-cloud environment could be all-private, all-public or a combination of both. Companies use multi-cloud environments to distribute computing resources and minimize the risk of downtime and data loss. They can also increase the computing power and storage available to a business. Innovations in the cloud in recent years have resulted in a move from single-user private clouds to multi-tenant public clouds and hybrid clouds — a heterogeneous environment that leverages different infrastructure environments like the private and public cloud.
A multi-cloud strategy enables organizations to avoid vendor lock-in, and to select the best cloud services to meet the requirements of a particular application or workload. Organizations can choose cost-optimized services and leverage geographically dispersed clouds to meet data sovereignty requirements and improve the user experience.
The multi-cloud model also provides redundancy that reduces the risk of downtime. Although service provider outages are not as common and pervasive as they once were, the potential risk to customers is greater than ever. As organizations continue to migrate more mission-critical workloads to the cloud, outage or performance degradation can severely damage their operations.