Multi Cloud vs Hybrid Cloud: A Definite Comparison

For most businesses, an ideal cloud solution is not deploying a single cloud, whether public or private. Instead, the right choice is to set up two or more cloud solutions.

When deploying multiple clouds, a business has two options. Either set up a hybrid cloud or go with a multi-cloud strategy. While similar, these deployment types have differences a decision-maker must know when planning a move to the cloud.

This article outlines the main differences between multi and hybrid clouds. Read on to learn about both cloud computing strategies and see what factors you should consider when choosing between these deployment models.

Multi-Cloud vs Hybrid Cloud: Definition

Multi and hybrid clouds are similar, but these cloud deployment models have unique definitions and solve different business needs.

Multi-Cloud

In a multi-cloud strategy, a company uses multiple cloud services of the same type from different providers. Partnering with several vendors enables a company to:

  • Use best-of-breed services for each app and task.
  • Eliminate the risk of vendor lock-in.
  • Ensure each team relies on the right cloud solution.
  • Optimize business planning by choosing the most affordable services.

Most multi-cloud setups include a mix of public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Bare Metal Cloud (BMC), Microsoft (Azure), and IBM. Every cloud in a multi-cloud setup handles specific workloads, so there are typically no workload integrations between infrastructures.

Our article about multi-clouds offers an in-depth analysis of the model’s benefits, challenges, and most suitable use cases.

Hybrid Cloud

In a hybrid cloud environment, a company combines a public cloud with a private cloud or an on-premise data center. The most popular hybrid strategy is running app code on an in-house setup (either a data center or a private cloud) and cloud bursting into the public infrastructure in times of high traffic.

Hybrid deployments are common, and the two most typical scenarios are:

  • A business moves partly to the cloud and decides that it is too resource-intensive to migrate all the way.
  • A company decides to keep some processes and sensitive data in a controlled environment while capitalizing on the low overhead of a public cloud.

Unlike a multi-cloud strategy, a hybrid setup relies on deep orchestration between different cloud platforms. The goal is to create a unified environment in which separate systems communicate and handle the same IT workloads.

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Multi Cloud vs Hybrid Cloud: A Definite Comparison