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In 2022, more than 60% of all corporate data has moved to the cloud, and this trend continues to develop as companies want to shift their vital resources into a safer and better storage space for improved security, reliability, and ease of access.

As it stands, the tech for cloud computing, infrastructure, servers, and storage is incredibly versatile. Cloud computing, as a broad term, encompasses different types of services. Along those lines, this blog will discuss the three major types of cloud – distributed, hybrid, and multi-cloud, elaborate on their key similarities and differences, and outline relevant use cases.

What Is Distributed Cloud?

The distributed cloud architecture distributes cloud services to meet compliance goals and support edge computing or performance requirements. However, a public cloud service provider centrally manages it.

Because it is a public cloud, it runs across multiple locations, which includes the infrastructure of the public cloud provider, the data center of the cloud provider, or any third-party location.

With distributed services, organizations can meet specific requirements pertaining to performance and response time, governance or regulatory mandates, or availability zones.


  • Better compliance:To meet the regulatory requirements, workloads and the related data can be distributed naturally regardless of the location.
  • Increased Uptime: As cloud services reside on the local subnets, you can isolate them or untether them from the cloud to ensure complete isolation.
  • Flexibility:Simple installation and deployment, easy debugging.
  • Scalability: Adding nodes or VMs as a requirement to increase scalability and improve overall availability.
  • DevOps: Dealing with all the clusters equally while deploying applications.
  • Consistency:Single core location to manage computing resources anywhere.

Distributed Cloud Use Cases

The distributed cloud offers an array of applications, from edge computing to multi-cloud environments. Some common use cases are:

  • Content Optimization: Distributed cloud effectively converts into a CDN (content delivery network), improving the streaming experience and reducing load time latency to offer the best user experience across multiple applications.
  • IoT/Edge: Facial recognition, video inferencing, manufacturing, medical imaging, smart buildings, etc., — the need for real-time data analysis across these applications is fulfilled by distributed cloud and edge computing.

What Is Hybrid Cloud?

According to the Flexera State of the Cloud Report 2021, an estimated 92% of companies employ a multi-cloud strategy, and, out of those, 85% of organizations have hybrid cloud facilities in place.

In a hybrid cloud strategy, enterprises blend a public cloud with a private cloud or on-premise data center. For instance, an application code that runs in an in-house environment and resorts to a cloud bursting in a public cloud environment during high traffic is a perfect example of a hybrid cloud.

A hybrid cloud strategy requires sophisticated orchestration between different cloud platforms. The aim is to create a unified workspace where different systems communicate, interact, and manage IT workloads.


  • Scalability:Because of the versatility of the public cloud, businesses can create an architecture that meets the memory, space, and performance requirements.
  • Security:With on-premise hosting, businesses can maintain control and governance over data and allied production environments.
  • Cost Savings: Enterprises can save more on architecture implementation, application maintenance, processing, and storage.

Hybrid Cloud Use Cases

  • Digital Transformation: Organizations adopt the public cloud, but compliance factors and legacy applications often prevent them from disconnecting the private data centers entirely. A hybrid cloud environment allows companies to move a part of the IT infrastructure to the cloud while some applications stay on-premise.
  • Disaster Recovery: The hybrid model assists most organizations in replicating the on-premise workload and backing up their data directly to the cloud. If the data center fails, workloads failover directly to the cloud environment and start functioning normally using on-demand resources from the cloud. However, this specific use case needs skillful implementation to avoid glaring issues like management complexity and bandwidth consumption.

What Is Multi-Cloud?

Multi-cloud system allows enterprises to collaborate with multiple vendors providing varied cloud services of similar types. Enterprises benefit from this model as it:

  • Enables them to use the most viable services.
  • Reduces vendor lock-in risks.
  • Ensures cloud teams depend on the best cloud solutions.
  • Allows improved business planning by choosing affordable services.

Today, multi-cloud environments entertain the active involvement of public cloud service providers like Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM, Microsoft Azure, and many others.


  • Competitive Pricing: With the rising number of multi-cloud services, competitive pricing is the norm which enables organizations save costs.
  • Flexibility & Scalability: Like all the other cloud environments, multi-cloud is equally scalable and flexible. It also allows users to sync real-time dataand automate processes quickly.
  • Robust Security:It ensures data security as the infrastructure is highly secure that guarantees data protection
  • Better Risk Management: Firms wanting to adopt an innovative cloud strategy may want to try this environment because it is easier to manage risks.

Multi-Cloud Use Cases

  • Customization/Scalability:Consider a situation in which different components in an application have varied requirements. Within the same web server, scalability is needed on short notice. The front end provides a cloud server and robust API, which allows automated changes. The backend, however, might have different customization requirements. Multi-cloud environment makes this possible.
  • Blue/Green Model Deployment: When a production environment goes through changes, it is suggested to create a staging environment replicating production to switch traffic to a mode that is prepared to push it out. This is a significant benefit of the multi-cloud strategy. Even when using one provider, enterprises can quickly direct the traffic to infrastructure and again move back when an issue arises.

Summing Up

The hybrid cloud allows businesses to explore its cloud-based architecture without leaving the current applications. It scales on-demand and strives to modernize user experience using the latest technologies like ML and AI.

Likewise, multi-cloud enables users to access multiple cloud environments and data centers for accomplishing different tasks. This setting is a hybrid cloud subset where the hybrid could be utilized as a multi-cloud environment.

Finally, distributed cloud distributes public cloud services across physical locations using one control panel to manage operations.

While all these cloud environments are interrelated, they are quite dissimilar. Nonetheless, they complement one another.

Connect with our Cloud experts, and we will help you define the right cloud strategy for your specific business needs.

Nitin Tappe

After successful stint in a corporate role, Nitin is back to what he enjoys most – conceptualizing new software solutions to solve business problems. Nitin is a postgraduate from IIT, Mumbai, India and in his 24 years of career, has played key roles in building a desktop as well as enterprise solutions right from idealization to launch which are adopted by many Fortune 500 companies. As a Founder member of Pratiti Technologies, he is committed to applying his management learning as well as the passion for building new solutions to realize your innovation with certainty.

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