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What Is multicloud?

Multicloud is the use of more than one cloud environment for your computing needs. This might be a private cloud, dedicated for you, or a public cloud, used by many. By having the freedom to create a multicloud strategy from multiple cloud vendors, you can pick the ones that best suit your specific needs. For example, you can use a public cloud from one vendor as the primary source of contact for your customers while using another cloud provider as a backup to minimize the risk of downtime and avoid vendor lock-in.

Start your multicloud journey with Anthos, Google Cloud’s multicloud platform.

Multicloud definition

Multicloud refers to the use of more than one cloud from different vendors at the same time. A multicloud environment allows your clouds to be private, public, or a combination of both. The primary goal of multicloud is to give you flexibility to operate in the best environment for your specific needs.

For example, you can have customer data in a private data center to follow compliance rules while having your website and app on public clouds [from other vendors] to increase vendor flexibility and maintain good latency.

What are the benefits of multicloud?

Best of each cloud

Multicloud allows you to choose from many vendors and gives you the flexibility to build with the best capabilities from each cloud provider.

Avoid vendor lock-in

Multicloud allows you to build anywhere, fast. With a multicloud approach, you’re not tied to a single provider and can take advantage of competitive pricing.

Increased availability

Multicloud allows you to avoid downtime, thanks to the vast array of clouds and vendors that you can have set up at the same time. If one cloud is down, your computing needs can be routed to another cloud that's ready to go.

Why use a multicloud strategy?

By having the freedom to move your applications, you can directly control cost, uptime, latency, and downtime, which all directly impact your customers’ experience. On the enterprise side, using a multicloud strategy can help you find the products with the best value thanks to avoiding vendor lock-in.

If your organization cares about any of the following, you’re probably a good candidate for a multicloud strategy:

  • Having flexibility and avoiding vendor lock-in
  • Ensuring high availability to prevent website outages
  • Developing a strong data protection and risk mitigation plan 
  • Providing the best latency and load times for your customers 
  • Acquiring competitive pricing between cloud providers
  • Having constant access to network performance improvements 
  • Following region-specific compliance rules

These activities require more flexibility than the traditional one cloud for everything strategy can provide.

What is multicloud used for?

Multicloud offers a range of opportunities for organizations to best serve their customers. Here are some common use cases:

Disaster recovery

Multicloud allows you to backup critical applications. In the event of a disaster or single vendor outage you can rely on your other provider.

Better latency globally

For a global organization, multicloud can help you better serve customers in diverse locations with low latency.

Regional requirements

Multicloud allows you to abide by both region-specific compliance rules, with the ability to switch between on-premises, private, and public landscapes from different vendors.

Anthos, Google Cloud’s fully managed multicloud solution, allows you to view what's happening across your entire online landscape from one platform. Anthos streamlines your business activities so that you can have visibility at all times across on-premises and multicloud infrastructure. Although multicloud can be great, without a unified platform to manage your environments such as Anthos, things can quickly get very complex and time-consuming.