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First came “the cloud,” and IT embraced and consumed it. For many companies, this evolved into hybrid-cloud due to business requirements such as meeting regulatory and data sovereignty requirements, leveraging paid-for on-premises technology investments, and addressing requirements for low latency, especially when communicating to legacy architectures.
Then came “multi-cloud,” as described by Vmware and others. Where “the cloud” usually means using the services of a single cloud provider, which most of us have done, “multi-cloud” describes using multiple cloud providers’ services in a heterogeneous way. More complex than the single cloud, multi-cloud is helpful for organizations needing to pick and choose services from various cloud vendors or requiring high-end redundancy. Today, 61% of businesses use one or two clouds and are considered to be “multi-cloud.” The drawback of multi-cloud is that each cloud operates in a more isolated operational model, and the customer has to integrate them. Concerns about specialized skill sets, greater complexity, and increased security concerns are often cited as the challenges of multi-cloud.
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