Guest Post originally published on Medium by Saurabh Gupta, Sr. Developer Advocate @DigitalOcean

Multi-cloud strategy is slowly becoming a buzzword in the Cloud industry over the last couple of years, with 2019 research from RightScale (now Flexera) indicating that 84% of enterprises are investigating or actively pursuing a multi-cloud strategy.

What is a multi-cloud strategy?

It means that instead of using only one single Infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) Cloudprovider that best meets the needs your business, you can use a Multi-cloud strategy by adopting a mixture of IaaS services from two or more cloud providers and sharing workloads between each, and choosing services that provide the greatest flexibility, reliability, most features, or are offered at a much better price point.

In simple terms, Multi-cloud is a strategy where an organisation uses two or more clouds from different cloud providers. This can be a combination of software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) or infrastructure as a service (IaaS) models.

Is Hybrid cloud another name for Multicloud ? Understanding the difference between them ?

Many times people assume that Multi-cloud is just another way of saying Hybrid cloud? Is this another IT rendition of: “You say tomato, I say toe-mah-toe?” Not quite.

So to put across simply, a Hybrid cloud setup is a combination of a public cloud with a private cloud or on-premises infrastructure. On-premises infrastructure can be an internal data center or any other IT infrastructure that runs within a corporate network. Businesses may choose to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy in order to keep some processes and data in a more controlled environment (e.g. a private cloud or on-premises data center), while taking advantage of the greater resources and low overhead of public cloud computing.

Whereas a “Multicloud” refers to the combination and integration of multiple public clouds. A business may use one public cloud as a database, one as PaaS, another one for user authentication, and so on.

Advantages of having a Multi-cloud setup

Adopting a Multi-cloud approach helps enterprises avoid such a scenario!

Cons of a Multi-cloud setup