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Multi‑cloud and hybrid‑cloud are often used synonymously, but there is in fact a difference. These are the definitions we use at NGINX:

  • A multi‑cloud infrastructure spans multiple public cloud environments from different providers. In a multi‑cloud infrastructure, the different public clouds are usually used for different tasks (for example, one for program logic, the second for databases, and the third for machine learning) and the distribution across clouds can vary on a per‑application basis. Organizations choose a multi‑cloud strategy to take advantage of the flexibility and features of various clouds.

  • A hybrid‑cloud infrastructure includes two or more different types of cloud environments (on‑premises, private cloud, and public cloud). In a hybrid‑cloud infrastructure, the public cloud’s role is to extend the functionality of the private cloud or on‑prem environments. This approach is typically used by organizations that are migrating apps to the cloud or that have too much technical debt to go 100% cloud‑native. Hybrid‑cloud infrastructures often include multiple public clouds, and therefore combine hybrid‑cloud and multi‑cloud.

How Can NGINX Help?

NGINX is a cloud‑agnostic solution that easily integrates with your on‑prem and cloud environments, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Whether your strategy is multi‑cloud, hybrid‑cloud, or both, the NGINX application delivery platform helps you:

  • Reduce tool sprawl and provide a standard set of services
  • Control costs with lightweight and easy solutions
  • Bring teams together with self‑service capabilities

To learn more, read Secure Cloud-Native Apps Without Losing Speed on our blog.

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