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Polycloud Vs Multicloud: What's The Difference?

The cloud has become an essential tool for businesses to store, process, and analyze data. As companies adopt cloud computing, they often use multiple cloud providers to achieve the desired outcomes. These cloud computing models are commonly known as multicloud and poly cloud. While the two terms may seem similar, there are significant differences between the two.

Multicloud refers to the use of two or more cloud providers for different purposes. For example, a business may use one cloud provider for its customer relationship management (CRM) system and another for its financial systems. The key feature of multicloud is the use of multiple cloud providers for different applications or functions.

Polycloud offers more options

Polycloud, on the other hand, refers to a cloud computing model that uses a combination of on-premises, private cloud, and public cloud resources. The term "poly" in polycloud refers to the multiple cloud models used to achieve the desired outcomes. A polycloud environment enables businesses to use the best cloud model for each workload, which can optimize performance, reduce costs, and increase flexibility.

“We can unlock the power of multiple cloud service providers with a polycloud strategy. This approach offers unparalleled efficiency, leveraging the unique strengths and capabilities of each vendor to maximize your business potential - not just saving resources but gaining them. A polycloud strategy can provide access to a wide range of resources and technologies, making it easier for organizations to scale their operations up or down as needed.” Chetan Venkatesh, CEO and Co-founder of Macrometa from ”Low-Code & Poly-Clouds in 2023,” The Fast Mode.

Accelerate data transformation

One of the primary advantages of a polycloud environment is data transformation. By using multiple cloud models, businesses can move data between different cloud environments, ensuring that data is stored in the most appropriate location for its intended use. Data transformation can be particularly useful in situations where businesses need to comply with specific data sovereignty regulations, enabling them to store data in the location required to meet regulatory requirements.

Another key difference between polycloud and multi cloud is the level of integration. In a polycloud environment, different cloud models are typically integrated through a unified management layer, enabling businesses to manage and monitor the entire environment from a single dashboard. This level of integration can simplify management and reduce complexity, particularly for businesses with multiple cloud models.


In conclusion, while the terms "polycloud" and "multi cloud" may seem similar, they represent significantly different cloud computing models. Multicloud refers to the use of multiple cloud providers for different purposes, while polycloud refers to the use of multiple cloud models, including on-premises, private cloud, and public cloud resources. A polycloud environment can provide businesses with the flexibility, performance, and cost optimization needed to achieve their desired outcomes. Additionally, data transformation is an essential feature of a polycloud environment, enabling businesses to move data between different cloud environments and comply with specific data sovereignty regulations. Macrometa's hyper distributed cloud platform provides businesses with a powerful platform to implement a polycloud environment and maximize the benefits of cloud computing. Find out more today by chatting with one of our solution architects.


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