The present is Hybrid but the future is MultiCloud

The amount of data that is generated in the connectivity age is growing at breakneck speed. According to the Advanced Storage Technology Consortium (ASTC), it is calculated that storage will reach 163 Zettabytes by 2025. Businesses therefore need to store and process all that data in the optimum conditions.

Two of the most preferred options that business organisations choose for the storage and processing of their data are the Hybrid Cloud and MultiCloud environments. These two concepts are closely linked, but clear differences can be observed when you delve into their characteristics.

Hybrid Cloud is currently one of the three basic Cloud models. Compared to Private and Public Clouds, the Hybrid Cloud option is without a doubt the most efficient and the one preferred by the vast majority of businesses which have opted for Cloud solutions.

Hybrid Cloud is a combination of dedicated servers, i.e. private servers and public Cloud servers. In short, it is the integration of the Private and Public Cloud services which are used in some organisations to offer various types and levels of service.

In terms of sectors, the organisations opting en masse for the Hybrid cloud option are technological ones and ones which use technology the most. This model is also recommendable for organisations with evolving needs. It is very simple to start up and it provides operational advantages due to the high performance of its dedicated infrastructure, its security, its flexibility and the easy management of the Cloud.

However, to fulfil the specific needs of their work load, the majority of businesses are heading towards working in MultiCloud environments. Based on the combination of Cloud services from various providers, MultiCloud environments enable you to obtain a better service level, seeing as they share multiple types of resources and infrastructures from multiple providers, thus improving the User Experience.

Hybrid vs. MultiCloud

When choosing one model or the other, you need to bear in mind the advantages offered by the various storage options:

  • Security and management: MultiCloud systems require a lot more attention to detail as regards security and management. Their complexity is much greater than with the Hybrid Cloud and they are distributed in nature, i.e. they allow you to work with various providers.
  • Adaptation: a MultiCloud model can have difficulties in terms of adaptation, if you take into account the number of moving parts that have to be managed and interact with each other. MultiCloud can only add value to an organisation if the right providers are chosen to fulfil the company's requirements.

European innovation projects, such as DECIDE, have been put into action to facilitate the integration of the complex MultiCloud model. These projects enable organisations to flexibly design, develop and deploy the applications for these environments. This provides them with all the tools they require to facilitate their transition to the MultiCloud model, a model which is destined to attain a better service level than the Hybrid model.