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In today’s digitally dominated economy, operating an efficient and cost-effective IT infrastructure that meets the customer demands facing a business has never been so important. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, this need has only continued to grow as workforces move online or to a hybrid working model.

 With the ever-changing needs of businesses, IT strategies such as multi-cloud and hybrid cloud have become increasingly popular as they encourage businesses to take control of their IT infrastructure, whilst providing their IT teams with increased flexibility over workloads and data management. Although businesses are continuously looking for more flexible and efficient ways of working, what works for each company will differ substantially. 

So how do these two models of cloud computing differ? 

What is the difference between Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud? 

The terms multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud are often confused as synonyms for one another, but they are innately different. Before we explore the difference between the two cloud computing approaches, we must understand what they are. 

Multi-cloud: A multi-cloud solution is an approach that consists of more than one cloud service, often from multiple providers, reducing vendor lock-in. This solution can be made up of public or private clouds, where the different clouds are often used for entirely separate purposes.

Hybrid cloud: A hybrid cloud, on the other hand, is a mixed IT infrastructure that combines and unifies traditional on-premise infrastructure, public cloud, and private cloud services in one environment, working towards one common goal.

So what are the key differences? 

  • A multi-cloud approach refers to the presence of more than one cloud deployment of the same type of cloud system, whether this is public or private, and sourced from several different vendors. In comparison, hybrid cloud refers to the availability of multiple deployment types (public, private, or on-premise) with some form of collaboration or integration between the different clouds. 
  • A multi-cloud approach could involve two or more cloud environments of the same type. Whilst, this provides businesses with the capability to scale up their virtual infrastructure for different applications, databases, or operating systems, it is innately different from a hybrid cloud model. A hybrid cloud model could involve a number of different cloud environments, accompanied by on-premise infrastructure, which facilitates the easy movement of workloads. 

It is important to note that you can’t have both approaches at the same time. This is simply because the cloud will either be interconnected – hybrid cloud, or separate – multi-cloud. In a marketplace that is dominated by businesses’ digital presence, having multiple cloud deployments, whether this both public and private, is becoming more common across enterprises as they seek to balance security and performance whilst ensuring costs stay at a minimum. 

Why do businesses need multiple clouds? 

Businesses today are required to balance several different elements in the running of their day-to-day IT infrastructure. From ever-changing customer demand, traffic levels and data processing requirements, IT departments are facing a continued battle. So why would a business need multiple or hybrid clouds? 

  • Failover: In the age where businesses have a contingency plan for almost every aspect of the company, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments help protect businesses from the effects of a critical outage or spikes in demand for certain services. Having a hybrid or multi-cloud environment allows businesses to always have an available and easily scalable solution. 
  • Flexibility: Arguably, the number one demand for businesses today is flexibility. It is important to remember that no single cloud can do everything. A business may find the perfect solution for a single aspect of their business, but in the age where an IT infrastructure has to continuously adapt, a hybrid or multi-cloud allows businesses to run several different workloads at the same time on a number of different clouds. 
  • Capacity: A hybrid cloud or multi-cloud environment lets you allocate public or private cloud resources for short-term projects, at a lower cost than if you use your own on-premise infrastructure or data centre. That way, you don’t need to drastically invest in new hardware, memory, or infrastructure at times of significant peaks. Having the capability to increase or decrease your capacity in line with market demands provides businesses with the ability to have a firm hold on their IT spend while ensuring an effective solution.

What is right for you?

Not everything has to be in a single cloud environment, which is why for many forward-thinking companies, having a multi or hybrid cloud is becoming increasingly popular. 

Whilst both of these forms of cloud computing are similar on the surface, there are distinct differences that businesses need to understand before investing. Before you deploy any type of cloud infrastructure, it is highly recommended to develop a form of cloud strategy to map out the successful transition of applications, databases, and much more. 

How can Hyve help?

Hyve can provide your business with an extensive and dedicated hybrid cloud solution, developed to meet the exact needs of your business. Hyve’s hybrid cloud offers the security and control of a private setup, with the flexibility and cost savings of our managed cloud (a multi-tenant solution). 

If you would like to discuss how to improve your hybrid or multi-cloud strategy, contact a member of our sales team today on 0800 6122524 or email sales@hyve.com 



Why is Hybrid Cloud better than Multi-Cloud?

If you would like to discuss how to improve your cloud strategy, get in touch with our sales team today on 0800 6122524 or sales@hyve.com

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