Although most cloud providers would like to see all customer workloads running solely on their infrastructure, there are benefits to keeping your options open with a multi-cloud strategy.  Many technology managers are recognizing the advantages, and at the end of the day demand for flexibility may drive the direction of service offerings from the platform providers.

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.

Saurabh Gupta via CNCF

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