Multi-Cloud 101: 7 Things You Need to Know

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Multi-Cloud vs. Hybrid Cloud

Before diving into the specifics around multi-cloud, let's differentiate it from hybrid cloud. It differs from hybrid cloud in that it refers to multiple cloud services rather than multiple deployment modes. Hybrid cloud is a strategy in which the business retains computational assets and keeps some (if not all) of its data in its own data center. Multi-cloud is simply when a business has an affiliation with two or more cloud vendors.

For most organizations, it's no longer a question of if they will use cloud, but rather how to best use the cloud. Cloud is a staple for many enterprise IT strategies and from the looks of things only stands to become more important in years to come. According to Gartner, spending on public cloud servers is expected to grow 16 percent in 2016, despite projections that global IT spending will fall overall. On the whole, the cloud market is becoming increasingly crowded and increasingly complicated, often leaving enterprises with the paradox of choice.

While AWS, Azure and Google duke it out for dominance in the public cloud market, numerous smaller private or enterprise tech giants are developing new cloud offerings, which can make it difficult for businesses to decide where to spend their cloud dollars.

And while many large companies already have a multi-cloud infrastructure in place, smaller enterprises and even SMBs are also beginning to consider use of a multi-cloud strategy, in which multiple cloud solutions are leveraged for a more complete and purpose-built cloud architecture. In this slideshow, Avere Systems, a provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, outlines seven essentials that businesses should be aware of when considering a multi-cloud strategy.


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