Information Technology

Gartner Glossary

Multicloud Strategy

A multicloud strategy is the deliberate use of cloud services from multiple public cloud providers for the same general class of IT solutions or workloads -- almost always IaaS and/or PaaS, not SaaS. Many organizations become "accidentally" multicloud (through inadequate governance, M&A or the like), rather than deliberately adopting a multicloud strategy. Being multicloud increases management and governance challenges, increases the complexity and cost of IT, and demands greater skills. However, a well-governed multicloud strategy can improve access to a breadth of technology choices and innovative best-of-breed capabilities.

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