Comparing Multi-Cloud With Hybrid Cloud: A Look At Differences!

The scope of cloud computing has exploded in recent years, and enterprises and MNCs have been forced to think of a more flexible approach that leverages the best of all options. That’s where the terms “multi-cloud” and “hybrid cloud” come in the picture. It almost seems like multicloud is another way of talking about hybrid cloud, but there are clear distinctions. To understand the differences between both, let’s talk of the basic definitions and other aspects that matter.

A look at definitions

Hybrid cloud uses both public and private clouds, with on-premise servers and infrastructure. This kind of arrangement allows an enterprise to avail the benefits that all the options have on offer. In simpler words, a company have its own data center but is also relying on Public cloud services (examples being Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services) and private clouds to host data, applications and everything else.

On the other hand, the term multi-cloud refers to a similar setup, but in this case two or more of public cloud platforms are used. For example, a company might be relying on public clouds alone, but they are probably using both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Multi-cloud may also refer to an arrangement, while only public clouds are being used by a company.

Understanding the differences

There are two very basic differences between hybrid cloud and multi-cloud. Firstly, hybrid cloud relies on both public and private clouds, whereas multi-cloud will definitely include two or more public clouds. In both cases, however, physical infrastructure and private clouds can be a part of the mix.

Secondly, in case of multi-cloud, often the clouds are used for specific tasks, whereas hybrid cloud is often setup in a way that the components that are a part of the mix can work together. Processes, applications and data on a hybrid setup is more likely to interact, but that may not be the case with multi-cloud. Both multi-cloud and hybrid cloud can coexist easily for the same organization, and it really depends on what a company wants to achieve from the cloud computing setup.

Getting help for multi-cloud

Any company that wants to avail the advantages of multi-cloud and hybrid cloud needs to find an IT partner, who can help in understanding the requirements and help in establishing an arrangement that eventually makes sense. This should be in sync with budget, security concerns, current investments and future plans.