According to Gartner’s recent survey, 81% of enterprise public cloud users work with multiple providers1; the study revealed that the decision to move from a central cloud to multi-cloud is based on three major drivers: sourcing, architecture, and governance.
A major benefit of adopting a multi-cloud strategy is avoiding vendor lock-in (sourcing). This allows enterprises to better capitalize on the strengths of different cloud vendors to address their specific business challenges. Having a well-planned multi-cloud strategy also means that it is easier to scale up cloud resources in the future if required.
Different cloud providers fulfil different roles, and it is rare for any single provider to meet all your business needs. Having a robust multi-cloud strategy enables IT managers to consider the performance, security and regulatory requirements of each workload, and select the cloud configuration best suited to the task (architecture).
Moving to multi-cloud can also potentially cause more headaches for IT security teams, when more than one cloud providers is involved. However, with better management and threat defense capabilities, a centralized method for tracking and monitoring applications would also vastly help strengthen an organization’s security posture (governance).