Multi-cloud environments are taking cloud use to the next level, letting businesses deploy a mix of services from different providers. Multi-clouds go beyond hybrid clouds, which integrate private and public clouds. With a multi-cloud environment, an IT team can selectively use services from several cloud providers to meet the storage, workload and application requirements of various business units. Mixing and matching among providers’ offerings gives IT more ways to meet the needs of specific groups. A multi-cloud strategy helps organizations avoid vendor lock-in. And when a business unit needs a new capability or service. Multi-clouds make sense for businesses that must ensure service reliability or meet a high-level data privacy requirement. The approach is also useful in situations that demand flexibility and where a business wants the most cost-effective services offered based on its specific requirements.