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Multi-Cloud vs Hybrid Cloud

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Introduction

Cloud environments are no longer a luxury for the modern enterprise; they are now an absolute necessity. It is important for businesses of all sizes to be able to choose the cloud environment that best suits their needs. Enterprises can choose from various types of clouds available today, public cloud, private cloud, community cloud, multi-cloud, and hybrid cloud. Each comes with some set of benefits and limitations, and individuals or businesses can decide which best fits their needs.

Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud are two popular cloud infrastructures. They are often confusing and considered the same, but tere are some differences. This article will mainly discuss these two in detail and the differences between them.

Multi-Cloud

A multi-cloud infrastructure connects various public cloud environments from various vendors. Different public clouds are usually used for different tasks in a multi-cloud(for example, one for program logic, the second for databases, and the third for machine learning). Enterprises use the multi‑cloud strategy to take advantage of the flexibility and features of various public clouds. Moreover, a multi-cloud strategy is always good for companies that want to avoid vendor lock-in or achieve data redundancy. If one cloud provider goes down, they can switch to a different cloud provider.

Multi-cloud strategies are also used by companies with operations in countries with data residency laws to meet regulatory requirements. They can use clouds in specific geographic regions to run applications and store data.

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Hybrid Cloud

Two or more cloud environments ( private and public cloud) are combined in a hybrid cloud infrastructure. By using the hybrid approach, both public and private cloud benefits can be availed. Companies or departments with data-intensive workloads, such as media and entertainment, can benefit from a hybrid cloud model. They can use a scalable, low-cost public cloud provider to store data that doesn't need to be accessed as frequently.

Organizations migrating apps to the cloud or having too much technical debt to go 100% cloud-native typically use this approach. Multiple public clouds are also frequently used in hybrid cloud infrastructures, combining hybrid and multi-cloud.

Note: According to Flexera’s 2021 State of the Cloud Report, around 92% of organizations employ a multi-cloud strategy, out of which 82% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy in place.

Key Differences Between Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud

A typical multi-cloud infrastructure combines multiple clouds of the same type, whereas a hybrid cloud combines two or more clouds of various types. Let's see the differences between them based on various parameters.

Parameter Multi-Cloud Hybrid Cloud
Architecture Multi-Cloud is a mix of two or more clouds of similar types. Hybrid cloud is always a mix of at least one public and one private cloud. It includes an on-premise data center too.
Inter-cloud Workloads In a multi-cloud environment, different clouds handle different tasks. As a result, data and related processes work independently of one another. In a hybrid cloud environment, various components work together to run a single IT solution. As a result, data and processes become interconnected.
Vendor Lock-in Multi-cloud facilitates vendor-independent existence for organizations. It is difficult to move to a new vendor in the case of a hybrid cloud.
Availability  Multi clouds have very high availability, and this is one of the driving factors for this environment. It gives enterprises a reliable cloud system with an additional standby facility. Maintaining 24×7 availability is solely dependent on the in-house teams as most of the workload operates on-premise or on the private cloud.
Cost A company does not have to pay for data centers or in-house systems in a multi-cloud environment. However, in order to avoid unnecessary spending, the concerned teams must be well informed about cloud computing costs. A company with a hybrid cloud infrastructure faces significant expenditure. The company is responsible for equipment and maintenance costs apart from team and cloud expenses.

FAQs

  1. What is a public cloud?
    A public cloud is a cloud deployment model in which a provider owns and operates computing resources that are shared across multiple tenants via the Internet.
     
  2. What is a private cloud?
    A dedicated cloud computing environment for a single customer is known as a private cloud. It combines the security and control of on-premises IT infrastructure with many of the benefits of cloud computing.
     
  3. What is a community cloud?
    A community cloud is a cloud infrastructure that allows a group of organizations to share information by accessing systems and services.
     
  4. What are the main types of cloud networking?
    There are 4 main types of cloud computing: private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, and multi-clouds.
     
  5. What are the different data types used in cloud computing?
    Some of the different data types used in cloud computing are emails, contracts, images, blogs, text, Boolean, decimal, locale, number, date, etc.

Key Takeaways

In this article, we have extensively discussed how multi-cloud and hybrid cloud and the differences between them. A hybrid cloud infrastructure blends two or more different types of clouds(public or private), while multi-cloud blends different clouds of the same type(can be two or more public clouds). We hope that the blog has helped you enhance your knowledge, and if you would like to learn more such stuff check out our articles on Introduction to cloud computingIaas Vs Paas Vs Saas,  and cloud server.

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Topics covered
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Introduction
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Multi-Cloud
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Hybrid Cloud
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Key Differences Between Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud
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FAQs
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Key Takeaways