multi-tenant cloud

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Contributor(s): Sarah Wilson

A multi-tenant cloud is a cloud computing architecture that allows customers to share computing resources in a public or private cloud. Each tenant's data is isolated and remains invisible to other tenants.

In a private cloud, the customers, who are also called tenants, can be different business divisions inside the same company. In a public cloud, the customers are often entirely different organizations. Most public cloud providers use the multi-tenancy model. It allows them to run one server instance, which is less expensive and makes it easier to deploy updates to a large number of customers.


This was last updated in January 2015

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Most Cloud Providers do a good job of hiding the data another tenant might have stored on a cloud system that you aren't using.  This is by design.  However, the fact that this happens on shared multi-tenant clouds should not be construed as a guarantee of security.

I would review the security profile of any multi-tenant cloud I planned to use, before putting my companies data, potentially at risk for a higher level 'cloud' breach.


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