There are several types to choose from when it comes to utilizing the cloud for your business. Two of these are known as multi-clouds and hybrid clouds. These cloud types involve more than one cloud but in significantly different ways.
How are multi-clouds and Hybrid Clouds Different?
What are multi-clouds?
A multi-cloud implements a network of individual public clouds. Usually, each cloud in the network serves a different purpose so that you can take advantage of entire clouds dedicated to a sole function. Many times, each cloud may also be under a different provider. This way, you can choose the providers you like best for each of your clouds’ needs. As a business owner, a multi-cloud environment can give you peace of mind by ensuring that you are not relying on one provider. If one cloud goes down, you can quickly solve the problem with another cloud. Using a multi-cloud model also means that you can host one or more of the clouds on-site, making solving IT issues that much easier. For businesses dealing with many cloud users and large amounts of data, a multi-cloud environment can be a great option because it offers the opportunity to have a backup cloud if the other clouds become overloaded. This type of cloud backup is called “cloud bursting” because data will burst out from one cloud and then be transferred to another. Another benefit for businesses dealing with heavy use and high data levels is automating many of the processes involved. This can save your company a lot of time and money.
What are Hybrid Clouds?
Hybrid cloud environments combine public and private clouds into one very interconnected system. Using a hybrid cloud, you could essentially customize your whole cloud by using the best parts of public and private clouds. Every business has different needs, so the benefit of having a hybrid cloud is that you can pick and choose the aspects of public and private clouds that you need all in one environment. Since hybrid clouds are essentially a single cloud, this means that you will have a greater level of control over it than you would with a multi-cloud structure. This means that you will likely have a better level of security since there are fewer avenues to access your data from. Another benefit to the hybrid cloud’s smaller structure is that you can easily delegate data and performances precisely to where they are needed. They also allow you and your employees to access it from anywhere, which can be very valuable if and when you have anyone working remotely. A hybrid cloud can be a good option for businesses on a budget or just starting out because the cost to operate it is generally lower than a multi-cloud environment.
Depending on the type of business you have, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments can have significant pros and cons. If you aren’t sure which cloud structure is right for you and your business, contact us and let us help.