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Multi-Cloud Definition

Multi-cloud (also multicloud or multi cloud) is the use of multiple cloud computing and storage services in a single network architecture.

This refers to the distribution of cloud assets, software, applications, and more across several cloud environments. With a typical multi-cloud architecture utilizing two or more public clouds as well as private clouds, a multi-cloud environment aims to eliminate the reliance on any single cloud provider or instance.

Multi-cloud diagram showing an enterprise or company using multiple cloud service providers for data storage and application delivery.

What is Multi-Cloud?

Multi-cloud is the use of two or more cloud computing services from any number of different cloud vendors. A multi-cloud environment could be all-private, all-public or a combination of both. Companies use multi-cloud environments to distribute computing resources and minimize the risk of downtime and data loss. They can also increase the computing power and storage available to a business. Innovations in the cloud in recent years have resulted in a move from single-user private clouds to multi-tenant public clouds and hybrid clouds — a heterogeneous environment that leverages different infrastructure environments like the private and public cloud.

Why Use a Multi-Cloud Strategy?

A multi-cloud strategy allows companies to select different cloud services from different providers because some are better for certain tasks than others. For example, some cloud platforms specialize in large data transfers or have integrated machine learning capabilities. Organizations implement a multi-cloud environment for the following reasons:

• Choice: The additional choice of multiple cloud environments gives you flexibility and the ability to avoid vendor lock-in.

• Disaster Avoidance: Outages happen; sometimes it is due to a disaster; other times it is due to human error. Having multiple cloud environments ensures that you always have compute resources and data storage available so you can avoid downtime.

• Compliance: Many multi-cloud environments can help enterprises achieve their goals for governance, risk management and compliance regulations.

What is Multi-Cloud Management?

Multi-cloud management involves workload or application management in multi-cloud computing as information moves from one cloud platform to another. This requires an organization to possess an expertise in multiple cloud providers and complex cloud management.

How Secure is Multi-Cloud?

Multi-cloud security has the specific challenge of protecting data in a consistent way across a variety of cloud providers. When a company uses a multi-cloud approach, third-party partners handle different aspects of security. That is why it is important in cloud deployment to clearly define and distribute security responsibilities among the parties.

What are the Benefits of Multi-Cloud?

A multi-cloud platform combines the best services that each platform offers. This allows companies to customize an infrastructure that is specific to their business goals. A multi-cloud architecture also provides lower risk. If one web service host fails, a business can continue to operate with other platforms in a multi-cloud environment versus storing all data in one place.

What are Examples of Cloud Providers?

There are many public cloud providers including:

    • • AWS


    • • Google Cloud Platform


    • • IBM Cloud


    • • Microsoft Azure


    • • Openstack (private cloud)


    • • Rackspace


    • VMware Cloud

How does Avi Networks Enable Multi-Cloud??

Avi is purpose-built for the cloud and mobile era using a unique analytics-driven, 100% software approach. Avi is the first platform to leverage the power of software-defined principles to achieve unprecedented agility, insights, and efficiency in application delivery.

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