The Difference Between Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud

Posted by Matthew Fall on Apr 2, 2019 6:05:00 AM

hand drawing Cloud Computing diagram on the new computer interface as conceptAs cloud grows in popularity, so are the ways businesses leverage cloud technology to meet business needs. In an earlier blog, we discussed the difference between public, private, and hybrid cloud strategies. Now, a fourth type of cloud strategy, multi-cloud, is growing in popularity. Often people confuse multi-cloud and hybrid cloud. At first glance, they seem similar, both deploying multiple environments. But here some of the distinct differences between multi-cloud and hybrid cloud:

Multi-Cloud

Think of multi-cloud as the mixing and matching of cloud services from different cloud service providers. No one cloud vendor provides a multi-cloud environment. Instead, the business chooses multiple cloud service providers to address specific business needs. Organizations use multi-cloud strategies for numerous reasons. Some of the use cases include managing workloads that have different performance, security or latency requirements. Not all cloud vendors are created or built equally (here's how to find the best service provider), so organizations may choose a multi-cloud strategy to prevent vendor lock-in, to create redundancy, and to achieve best-of-breed results by leveraging the best services from each cloud service provider.  

So, multi cloud’s key distinction? The use of multiple public clouds, intermingled with private clouds, physical and virtual infrastructure. To most, multi-cloud means multi-vendor. 

Hybrid Cloud

At its core, hybrid cloud combines private and public cloud environments. The most common hybrid clouds we see are a combination of on-premise, private cloud infrastructure with third-party public cloud services from a cloud service provider like NewCloud. This strategy allows businesses to keep mission critical data on-premise or in the private cloud while storing other data in the public cloud.  

In addition, on-premise, private infrastructure and public cloud infrastructure generally work in tandem to achieve tasks and facilitate the movement of data throughout the organization. An organization may run web application services from a public cloud while the database and storage attached to the application is hosted on-premise in a private cloud. In a multi-cloud environment, an application may only use computing resources from one cloud provider, and another application runs completely on a separate, different cloud provider. 

The Bottom Line

Both multi and hybrid clouds allow organizations to prevent all eggs (data) from being put in one basket. Spreading out resources, whether it be distributed among multiple cloud providers, or split between a private and public cloud, allow businesses to diversify the ways in which they handle data. So, which model should your business use? It all depends on your unique business’ needs. Talk to a NewCloud Solutions Architect today to learn more about the right cloud strategy for your business. 

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Security, Cloud Solutions

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