With expanding needs of your organization, you may have to switch and shift from public clouds to private clouds. However, it is almost impossible to ditch the advantages that public cloud offers, and if you have already invested in on-premise infrastructure, you shouldn’t get away with that either. In that context, terms like hybrid cloud and multicloud may seem similar, but there are basic differences that one should know about. In this post, we are discussing about the things that need attention.
What exactly is hybrid cloud?
As the name indicates, hybrid cloud is a mix of private, public clouds and on-premise infrastructure. To be more precise, the concerned enterprise is using services offered by Microsoft or Amazon, with private cloud and on-premise software, servers, and solutions, to host data and applications. Hybrid cloud is the future of IT, but it doesn’t mean the same thing as multi-cloud.
What is multi-cloud?
In case of multi-cloud strategy, the overall mix remains the same or may be modified as required, but in this case, two or more different providers are used. For example, a company might be relying on private cloud and on-premise servers, but they might be also using public cloud services from two different companies. This kind of arrangement helps an enterprise in achieving the results that they need, with additional cost advantage. Not all public cloud services are equal, so the mix is decided based on real requirements. It also comes as an advantage that a company doesn’t have to depend on service provider anymore.
Deploying multi-cloud and hybrid cloud
This is what needs the most attention, because every enterprise is different, and the overall cloud architecture should be designed accordingly. It is absolutely important to review, understand and compare various cloud platforms, service providers, cost of on-premise servers and investments, before taking the final call. If you company has been trying hard to strike a balance, it is wise to work with a reliable IT partner, who can offer the insight, assistance, and expertise required for evaluation, understanding and further deployment. You may want to review the cost of each shortlisted scenario before the final investment is made.
In short, no matter what kind of approach a company chooses for cloud solutions and mix, it is necessary to think of the future, and both multi-cloud and hybrid cloud will have a huge role in that, especially in the current IT scenario.