Multi-cloud is the simultaneous use of multiple cloud computing platforms, providers and services in a single heterogeneous environment. A multi-cloud strategy can utilize various computing platforms and providers for infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and software as a service to reduce vendor reliance, increase flexibility and mitigate disasters.
Cloud-native applications are a next generation distributed application architecture that use open, common standards and that are dynamic in nature and highly scalable.
A cloud-native platform abstracts cloud-based infrastructure so that applications running on the platform can be infrastructure unaware. The platform provides a contract between itself and cloud-native apps to run them with the required services, predictably and reliably.
Software as a service runs applications on a cloud infrastructure. The applications are accessible from various client devices through either a thin client interface, like a web browser (web-based email), or a program interface. Consumers do not manage the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, storage, or even individual application capabilities.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) gives you on-demand access to IT infrastructure. This includes the resources such as storage, networks and compute that you need to run your workloads. As a business user, you can request IT services whenever you need them, paying only for what you consume.
Platform as a service (PaaS) is a cloud-based environment you can use to develop, test, run and manage your applications on. This approach delivers the development environment you need, without the complexity of buying, building or managing the underlying infrastructure. As a result, you can work faster and release your applications quicker.
IT Transformation is the shift from traditional IT to IT-as-a-service cloud models. IT Transformation leverages modern architecture to streamline and simplify IT, automate delivery and consumption of IT services, and transform IT operations to enhance productivity and accelerate innovation.
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