An organization needs a multi-cloud when an enterprise uses more than one cloud platform where each of them delivers a specific application service. Usually, a multi-cloud can be comprised of a public, private, and hybrid clouds to achieve the enterprise’s end goals.

What is a Multi-Cloud and Why Use it?

A multi-cloud is all about using different cloud solution providers to meet specific workload requirements of business goals. It is not necessary that the different cloud solutions used are connected to each other. Also, there are chances that several different architectures, such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are used in multi-cloud. A multi-cloud strategy has some other benefits as well. If one cloud went offline, then the enterprise can still work on the other clouds to achieve its goals. sometimes an enterprise can select the best of each cloud type to suit a particular business needs, economics, locations, and timing. Another important feature of a multi-cloud strategy offers is the security precautions that a single cloud deployment does not have. It also avoids the possibility of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack because the attack won’t affect all the clouds within a multi-cloud, leaving the enterprise still functional despite the attack.

Common uses for multi-cloud computing

  • Multi-cloud can prevent data loss or downtime due to a localized component failure in the cloud.
  • It can be used to avoid vendor lock-in
  • Multi-cloud computing can help organizations meet specific requirements like laws and regulations, corporate policies that require enterprise data to physically reside in certain locations
  • A multi-cloud strategy also offers the ability to select different cloud services or features from different providers.