Hybrid Cloud vs. Multi-Cloud: What's the difference?

Overview of Cloud Computing Revolution in Business

The adoption of cloud computing represents a significant paradigm shift in the way businesses manage their IT infrastructure and services. It has revolutionized the traditional IT landscape by enabling organizations to leverage remote servers and data centers for storing, processing, and accessing data and applications. This shift is not merely a technological advancement but a strategic move that offers businesses a competitive edge.

As businesses continue to shift toward cloud-first or cloud-forward applications, the terms Hybrid Cloud and Multi-Cloud have gained significant colloquial acceptance. While conflated, they are not the same. Put simply, Hybrid Cloud refers to infrastructure that is part “private” or on-premises, and part “public” – in the sense that it exists in a cloud managed-service, somewhere. Multi-Cloud refers to any environment that utilizes multiple distinct cloud environments for application workloads. These terms aren’t mutually exclusive, but to understand their relationship clearly, we need to establish some background.