Multi-cloud could be the future of cloud computing

Multi-cloud could be the future of cloud computing

The cloud has enjoyed something of meteoric rise in recent years, providing an integral foundation for a number of commonly-used computer systems.

Research released by Dimensional Research has highlighted a potentially important development in the industry.

The survey of 650 IT decision makers around the world found that the majority of enterprises are exploring the deployment of multiple clouds over the course of the next few years.     

Some 77 per cent of IT decision makers are planning to implement multi-cloud architecture.

Another 91 per cent intend to bring in at least some form of cloud-based solution within the next year.

Of those respondents, 48 per cent said they were set to deploy six more cloud services, with the main uses cited as being storage and backup, business intelligence, disaster recovery, project management and content management.

Yet while many companies are keen on enjoying the benefits that come with these multiple cloud features, they are not quite so enthusiastic about the prospect of having them on multiple hosts.

Interestingly, 58 per cent of the businesses surveyed claimed to have already found a single provider of these services, while 45 per cent intend to entrust their new services to a single provider.

Infoworld's David Linthicum said: “Multicloud is more complex than a hybrid cloud, which is typically a paired public and private cloud.

"Multiclouds add more clouds to the mix; perhaps two or more public IaaS providers, a private PaaS, on-demand management, and security systems from public clouds, private use-based accounting … you get the idea.”

The rise of multi-cloud has been long seen as the future of cloud computing within the business world, and if these survey results are anything to go by, those predictions could turn out to be true.