Multicloud (or multi-cloud) is a term used to describe a computing environment that relies on multiple SaaS or public cloud services for different workloads within a single architecture.
In a multicloud approach, organizations may use public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) for infrastructure, Microsoft Azure for platform, and Google Cloud Platform for development. While multicloud architecture provides critical benefits, it’s also more complex than a single-vendor environment, underscoring a growing need for unified management capabilities.
A multicloud deployment can help businesses realize a significant return on their investment by distributing workloads across multiple providers. These benefits include cost savings, increased reliability and performance, more flexible operations to avoid vendor lock-in and even security enhancements. At the same time, multicloud can present challenges, adding complexity and introducing new privacy-related considerations to already challenging cloud computing environments.
Multicloud management systems are a key solution to these concerns, offering organizations end-to-end visibility and insights into the entirety of their cloud environment. In this article, we’ll examine the risks and opportunities created by multicloud environments, including best practices on how to make these environments more manageable.