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Decision Point for Selecting Single or Multicloud Workload Deployment Models

Published: 17 February 2020

ID: G00463720

Analyst(s): Paul Gore


Cloud services from multiple providers appeal to I&O technical professionals looking to mitigate risk, reduce lock-in and capitalize on cloud provider strengths. However, the complexity of multicloud requires trade-offs. This research outlines design decisions for single and multicloud adoption.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
    • Degree of Risk Mitigation
    • Degree of Lock-In, Portability and Value-Added Platform Services
    • Degree of Secondary-Cloud-Provider Maturity
  • Requirements and Constraints
  • Secondary Provider Capabilities
  • Automation Capability Level
  • Toolset Selection
  • Skill Set Availability
  • Budget
  • Data Gravity
  • Conflicts of Interest With the Secondary Cloud Provider


  • Single Provider, Single Region
  • Single Provider, Multiregion
  • Redundant Multicloud
  • Composite Multicloud
  • Autonomous Multicloud

Future Developments

  • API Standardization or Abstraction
  • Cloud Provider Interoperability
  • Enhanced Intercloud Connectivity
  • Kubernetes Ecosystem Maturation

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