On Twitter, one of our most commented-on posts last year was when we when we reviewed the hype around multi-cloud. With a few exceptions (e.g., disaster recovery, public regulation), we remain cynical about the viability of running a single database logical instance across multiple clouds; we believe that for most organizations, a “multi-cloud” platform will in essence mean “freedom of cloud.” Run the database or cloud control plane of choice in the public or private cloud of choice. We haven’t exactly been a lone voice in the wilderness about the operational complexity of running a single instance of a database or application across multiple clouds; Matt Asay, Corey Quinn, and Gartner have shared similar concerns.
But we expect that freedom of cloud will have a louder ring in the coming year. It’s not exactly like organizations will take their first halting steps into some alien cloud. We’ve