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Multi-cloud storage

Multi-cloud storage definition

Multi-cloud storage is a strategy of using multiple cloud service providers to store data.

See also: data-center-storage, data center virtualization, storage as a service

Multi-cloud storage benefits:

  • Avoiding vendor lock-in. Relying on one cloud provider might make migrating to another provider difficult. Using multiple providers reduces this dependency.
  • Best solutions. Different cloud providers offer unique features or better performance for specific tasks. An organization can choose the best platform for each particular use case.
  • Cost optimization. Pricing varies between cloud providers. Using a multi-cloud approach allows businesses to take advantage of pricing variations.
  • Data redundancy: Storing data across different cloud platforms can provide extra redundancy. If one provider faces an outage, data is still accessible from another provider.
  • Regulatory compliance. Some regions have regulations about storing data. Having a multi-cloud strategy helps meet these data residency requirements.
  • Risk management. Diversifying storage mitigates risks of outages, security breaches, or service disruptions.
  • Performance and latency. Different cloud providers might have data centers closer to some end-users or regions. Organizations can optimize for latency and deliver faster performance to users worldwide.