Why would you need more than a single private or public cloud?

It’s clearly a popular choice. In January 2015, a survey by Right Scale showed that hybrid cloud (or multi-cloud) was the preferred deployment strategy—with 82 percent of enterprises implementing hybrid (multi-cloud) configurations, up from 74 percent in 2014. And we’ve seen nothing in the past year to make us think anything has changed.


And while the oft-cited cost and agility advantages of cloud apply to both “traditional” and multi-cloud environments, there are additional competitive benefits that can accrue to organizations that implement multi-cloud strategies:

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1. Autonomy

When you deploy your applications on a multi-cloud environment, you gain the advantage of reducing your dependence on a single provider. This relative independence can help you negotiate more favorable service-level agreements or pricing or both. And, at the same time, you avoid being locked into any one vendor’s exclusive infrastructure requirements.

2. Flexibility

With decision criteria such as performance, cost containment, and cost optimization in mind, you can choose to keep some applications on-premises even as you migrate others to one or more public clouds. For example, multi-cloud configurations with applications deployed closer to target geographical locations can clock in with better response times and performance.

Multi-cloud solutions are also much more resilient during outages and maintenance. The result? A better experience for the end user and a more stable infrastructure for you to build a business on.

3. Advanced cloud capabilities

 Different cloud providers support different solutions and offer constantly evolving arrays of features and capabilities. Some offerings will not be supported by any other cloud provider. Multi-cloud gives you the ability to select your favorite data services from any provider to create a customized solution that best fits your organization’s needs.

Not surprisingly, the above-mentioned multi-cloud deployment benefits, taken together, fall into both cost-benefit and agility categories. It’s clear that multi-cloud deployment benefits just make the case for cloud stronger.

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Jeff Thomas

As Chief Marketing Officer for Apcera, Jeff brings more than 20 years experience at leading global technology companies driving strategy, leading go-to-market activities, increasing sales velocity and delivering business growth. Previously, Jeff was SVP of Platform Marketing at Salesforce.com, where he launched the Salesforce Platform, establishing it as one of the leading Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings on the market. Prior to that, he held a series of executive leadership positions working with major enterprise technology companies including Microsoft, Cisco, HP and BEA/Oracle. With an eye towards business impact, Jeff’s accomplishments have been recognized with numerous Gold Effie awards, the leading industry award for marketing results and effectiveness. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College.

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