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What is Multi-Cloud?

Written by Victoria Wilson
Multi Cloud Definition

So, you're either thinking about migrating to the cloud, or you're in the process of doing so, or maybe you already have. You're also getting slightly frustrated at the amount of new phrases, words, concepts and technologies you're having to learn in order to ensure you're optimising your use of the cloud.

Some of the phrases, like 'virtual desktop', for example, are relatively self explanatory. Then there's just the plain confusing ones - mainly the acronyms likes AWS, DRaaS etc. And then finally there's the ones that should be self explanatory, but after further thinking, you've managed to confuse yourself. Multi-cloud is one of those. Is it when a company has lots of different clouds? Or is it one cloud with lots of different components?

Hmm. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Hold that thought for a second because we're going to explain exactly what the multi-cloud is and the benefits - but first we're just going to drop in the news that we are finalists in the Cloud Computing Awards, for both 'Best Cloud Support Provider' and 'Cloud Vendor of the Year'.   Talk about multi! Anyway, you can read more about that here. For now, here's what multi-cloud is...


So, what does ‘multi-cloud’ mean?

Multi-cloud is an approach to cloud computing that uses more than one cloud service from more than one vendor—public or private. Multi-cloud allows you to mix and match services from different cloud providers to create the perfect blend for your business. This strategy was developed mostly to avoid dependence on a single cloud provider, and to meet the complex and differing needs of modern applications and IT infrastructures.

According to one study by Microsoft, almost one third of organisations already work with four or more cloud providers!

So, why might you choose a multi-cloud strategy, and what are the benefits? Here are some of the top reasons:

1) To run your workloads in the most appropriate environment.

It's rare to find a cloud platform from a single. tech-agnostic managed IT provider that will meet all of your needs. That's why so many organisations have turned to multi-cloud, because it allows you choose the providers who are best suited to your specific services, apps and workloads on a case-by-case or team-by-team basis.

2) To improve the overall resilience of your IT infrastructure. 

Increasing the size of your 'cloud footprint' can reduce the risk of downtime and protect enterprises from outages and bandwidth problems. Running everything in a single cloud environment leaves you with no failover in case of a data disaster!

3) To avoid single platform lock-in. 

Ultimately, cloud computing is only truly flexible if you have control of your data and workloads. As more workloads are moving to the cloud, many organisations are discovering that a single cloud platform or brand may not offer them everything they need.

At SysGroup, we like to say that we're tech agnostic, because we take a bespoke, customer-focused approach with every client to find the best solutions, regardless of brand or platform.

4) To maximise your budget. 

A multi-cloud strategy allows you to negotiate and compare pricing, so you really are getting the costs savings that everyone associates with cloud hosting.

Does multi-cloud sound like it might be a good fit for your organisation? Our bespoke TechWorkshop methodology can help you make that decision!

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