Multicloud - the use of cloud services from two or more vendors - gives organizations more flexibility to optimize performance, control costs, and leverage the best cloud technologies available.
Multicloud is the use of cloud services from more than one cloud vendor. It can be as simple as using software-as-a-service (SaaS) from different cloud vendors – e.g., Salesforce and Workday. But in the enterprise, multicloud typically refers to running enterprise applications on platform-as-a-service (PaaS) or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) from multiple cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud and Microsoft Azure.
A multicloud solution is a cloud computing solution that's portable across multiple cloud providers' cloud infrastructures. Multicloud solutions are typically built on open-source, cloud-native technologies, such as Kubernetes, that are supported by all public cloud providers. They also typically include capabilities for managing workloads across multiple clouds with a central console (or 'single pane of glass'). Many of the leading cloud providers, as well as cloud solution providers such as VMware, offer multicloud solutions for compute infrastructure, development, data warehousing, cloud storage, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), disaster recovery/business continuity and more.
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The overarching value of multicloud to the enterprise is that it prevents ‘vendor lock-in’ - performance problems, limited options, or unnecessary costs resulting from using only one cloud vendor. A multicloud strategy offers organizations
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The key to maximizing the benefits of a multicloud architecture is to manage applications and resources across the multiple clouds centrally, as if they were part of a single cloud. But multicloud management comes with multiple challenges including:
Organizations use multicloud management tools - or preferably, a multicloud management platform - to monitor and manage their multicloud deployments as if they were a single cloud environment. The best multicloud management platforms typically offer
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Hybrid cloud is the use of both public cloud and private cloud environments, with management, orchestration and portability between them that enables an organization to use them as a single, unified, optimized IT infrastructure.
Multicloud and hybrid cloud are not mutually exclusive. In fact, most enterprise hybrid clouds are hybrid multicloud, in that they include public or private cloud services from at least two cloud service vendors.
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To advance your digital transformation, IBM offers products and services that support the multicloud approach to application development, migration, modernization, and management. Working with IBM, you’ll have access to AI-powered automation capabilities, including prebuilt workflows, to make every IT services process more intelligent, freeing up teams to focus on the most important IT issues and accelerate innovation.
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