Originally posted to CloudPOST

By Stephan Fabel

Remember the one-size-fits-all approach to cloud computing? That was five years ago. Today, multi-cloud architectures that use two, three, or more providers across a mix of public and private platforms are quickly becoming the preferred strategy at most companies.

Despite the momentum, pockets of hesitation remain. Some skeptics are under the impression that deploying cloud platforms and services from multiple vendors can be a complex process. Others worry about security, regulatory challenges, and performance issues.

To get a snapshot on current thinking about multi-cloud, we asked six industry experts the following question: In your opinion, why should organizations adopt a multi-cloud approach, and what will happen if they don’t?

First, here are our thoughts. There are extremely compelling reasons that

multi-cloud is proving itself to be the correct endgame. Multi-cloud provides huge agility and cost efficiency with its flexibility to separate different workloads into different environments depending on their specific requirements. This includes a compelling and economically comparable on-premises strategy for cloud and opens up new opportunities for innovation and accelerated rollout of new services to customers. Multi-cloud also means companies can avoid vendor lock-in and dependence on a single provider. While lingering concerns about multi-cloud are understandable, a host of newer technologies like Kubernetes and increasing consolidation of container runtimes are making life easier for companies that need to make multi-cloud their de facto strategy.

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