Rapid innovation and the ability to create software faster is the dream of all companies, and this is why the cloud is a game-changer. Cloud solutions eliminate the need for procuring extra hardware and software, enabling organizations to focus on developing their business instead of implementing and maintaining their own IT infrastructure. According to a study by Microsoft, nearly a third of organizations are working with four or more cloud vendors. It would seem that the future of IT isn’t just cloud computing – it’s multi-cloud. However, no large enterprise can fully transition to the cloud in one fell swoop, and that’s where the hybrid cloud strategy comes into play.

In his article “Hybrid Cloud vs. Multi-cloud: What’s the Difference, and Why Does It Matter?,” Neal Matthews, Principal Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, takes an in-depth look at hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategies. He notes “the two terms are often confused, yet are likely to be the most important over the next few years.”

Hybrid Cloud

For every enterprise whose goal is to migrate entirely to a public cloud provider such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or Microsoft Azure, “there is going to be a necessary transition period.”  During the transition period, “the enterprise will have some resources, systems, and workload capabilities that have been migrated to public cloud, while others remain in the enterprise data centers or colo hosting centers.  This interoperability is a common example of a hybrid cloud.”

Multi-Cloud

“This term seems relatively self-explanatory: deploy cloud infrastructure on more than one public cloud provider, with or without an existing private cloud. However, the motivation for WHY companies might consider multi-cloud approaches and architectures is where things get interesting” (Click here to learn why many companies have adopted a multi-cloud strategy).

Traditionally, companies would select a single public cloud vendor with whom to partner.  However, recent trends are showing companies have (or will) rapidly moved to adopting multi-cloud strategies, choosing to work with more than one public cloud provider.

At DivvyCloud, we help customers manage AWS, Azure, GCP, VMware, and OpenStack, and this provides us a unique position to identify and understand trends in cloud computing.  With our multi-cloud platform, developers have the freedom to choose which clouds are best suited for their company’s needs without IT having to develop policy automation and compliance solutions for each cloud.

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Read Neal Matthews’ article, “Hybrid Cloud vs. Multi-cloud: What’s the Difference, and Why Does It Matter?