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Multi-cloud computing is the combination of public cloud environments from multiple cloud vendors. For example, AWS might be used for networking and Azure is used for database services. An IBM survey found that 85 percent of organizations are using a multi-cloud approach, and IBM expects that within the next three years that 98 percent of companies will be using multi-cloud.
Multi-cloud lets businesses choose the best platform for the task and also reduces the chance of vendor lock-in. Multi-cloud can also provide greater resiliency and could allow businesses to re-balance their computing resources in the case of outages or changes in user demand.
But the disadvantage of multi-cloud is the extra complexity involved in getting it to work and to secure it. Multi-cloud organizations were more prone to data breaches. A survey from Nominet found that 52 percent of multi-cloud organizations experienced a breach over a one month period compared to 24 percent of organizations that used a single cloud.
David Friend, CEO & Co-founder, Wasabi Technologies, wrote that “no provider can be the best at everything and history would tell us that monopolies don’t last. Inevitably, a one-stop-shop cannot stay at the edge of innovation in all areas when faced with more specialised competitors. In future years, we can look forward to a much greater variety of vendors with different specialities. While the big 3 will continue to thrive, they won’t be able to lock in customers as they’ve done traditionally. Customers are becoming wise to the benefits of multi cloud both from a cost and flexibility perspective.”