What is multicloud? The next step in cloud computing

We live in a world where we like to name things. In the case of cloud computing, the names revolve around patterns of use: public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. Now there’s a new term, multicloud, for an emerging pattern of use for cloud computing.

Terms and definitions

“Multicloud” means using more than a single public cloud. That usage pattern arose when enterprises tried to avoid dependence on a single public cloud provider, when they chose specific services from each public cloud to get the best of each, or when they wanted both benefits.

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