Difference between Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud

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Last Updated on 20th April 2021

Difference between Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud

Adopting Cloud technologies can revolutionise your business. Whether you’re looking to reduce hardware costs or make remote working easier for your staff, there are a lot of ways you can benefit.

There are a few different types of Cloud computing available for businesses. Perhaps the best known phrases to do of Cloud computing are IaaS, PasS, and SasS. And with so many different options available, it can be difficult to know which is right for your business.

Choosing the right Cloud strategy could involve combining different types of Cloud solutions. Generally, combining the two Clouds is done in one of two ways-either Multi-Cloud or Hybrid Cloud. But what are the differences between Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud environments?

What is Multi-Cloud?

Multi-Cloud uses multiple public or private Cloud hosting platforms for specific technology and business needs. A business might use one public Cloud as a database and one for user authentication.

With Multi-Cloud, your business is using multiple Clouds at the same time. There isn’t any dedicated infrastructure for facilitation, and there are no dedicated links or integrated network. You are simply using 2 Clouds at the same time, such as Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

Why choose Multi-Cloud?

A business might choose a Multi-Cloud environment to reduce the risk of relying on a single Cloud service provider. It helps to avoid being locked into a single vendor, helps to improve availability of applications.

Having a Multi-Cloud environment lets you combine the best features of various Cloud platforms-as there will be some features you get from one which you cannot get from another.

What is Hybrid Cloud?

A Hybrid Cloud environment combines public Cloud hosting with a private Cloud, or on-premise infrastructure. For example, this could involve combining your existing file server with Microsoft 365 for your Cloud applications.

In a Hybrid Cloud environment, Clouds. or on-premise infrastructure, are linked internally, to become extensions of each other. They will both behave like a single environment and integrate well for the end users.

Why choose Hybrid Cloud?

A Hybrid Cloud setup can be a more cost-effective option for businesses. If there’s already a server environment in place (that isn’t too old), combining it with some Cloud technologies can help to modernise the business and aid remote working. If combining public and private Clouds, the private Cloud will generally be the less expensive option. Once it’s resources are exhausted, some of the workloads will be moved to the public Cloud.

Hybrid Cloud vs Multi-Cloud: What to Consider

When choosing the right Cloud environment for your business, the two most important considerations are going to be cost and security. Having multiple public Cloud systems in place can start to become expensive especially if you have a lot of storage space from each. Server environments will generally have higher initial cost but without ongoing monthly charges.

As for security, reputable public Cloud vendors will have a lot of resource is for security and applying updates to protect data. However, in a Hybrid Cloud environment businesses can keep some of their data in tightly controlled private or on-premise environments.

If you’re planning a move to the Cloud or just want to make better use of your Cloud environment, get in touch with the Cloud experts at ACUTEC today.

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