Multi-cloud has become somewhat of a buzzword in the technology industry over the last couple of years, with some research indicating that 81% of enterprises are investigating or actively pursuing a multi-cloud strategy.
Each company has its own business and technical drivers for moving to a multi-cloud strategy, and they are tailoring solutions specifically to their own specific needs. Multi-cloud allows enterprises to deliver services across both private and public clouds, which enables them to host their workloads in the most appropriate location whilst providing a consistent security approach. All of this is good, and there are many benefits to multi-cloud, but it also presents challenges that need to be considered.
The Positives
One of the main benefits of implementing a multi-cloud strategy is the flexibility it offers. It allows businesses to be creative whilst using the right set of services to optimise their opportunities. As with all businesses, the public cloud providers cannot be masters in all areas of services and capability, and the various providers have now started to create their own focus areas, where they have particular strength or reference ability. Adopting a multi-cloud strategy enables an enterprise to benefit from this differentiation between providers and implement a “best of breed” model for the services that they as a business need to consume.
Another key reason businesses are turning to multi-cloud is in order to avoid vendor lock-in. Research found that more than 80% of organisations have high levels of concern about being locked into a single public cloud platform. For many companies, avoiding vendor lock-in is a core requirement and a way to achieve flexibility for their applications. By ensuring they are not locked into a single vendor, businesses can remain able to adapt their strategy when industry revolutions emerge.
The ability for organisations to choose the vendor that offers

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