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Article Series: Cloud and "Lock-in"

| Posted by Richard Seroter Follow 2 Followers on Jul 01, 2016. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

Introduction

With the fast-pace of cloud changes (new services, providers entering and exiting), cloud lock-in remains a popular refrain. But what does it mean, and how can you ensure you're maximizing your cloud investment while keeping portability in mind?

 

Contents

Everything is “Lock-in”: Focus on Switching Costs

Coding in Java, buying SAP, deploying OpenStack, and using Amazon Web Services: each one introduces a type of lock-in. However, it makes no difference how hard you try- some form of lock-in is unavoidable. What matters most is understanding the layers of lock-in, and how to assess and reduce your switching costs.

 

Virtual Panel on (Cloud) Lock-In

 

 

 

 

There's no shortage of opinions on the topic of technology lock-in. InfoQ reached out to four software industry leaders to participate in a lively virtual panel on this topic: Joe Beda, Simon Crosby, Krish Subramanian, and Cloud Opinion.

 

Multi-Cloud is a Safety Belt for the Speed-Freaks

Cloud bursting! On-premises! Hybrid cloud! Off-premises! Multi-cloud! These are phrases author Michael Coté heard over the past 10 years when covering cloud as an analyst, strategist, and now evangelist. Each of them makes logical sense, especially on a big whiteboard with boxes and arrows going to and fro. In recent times, it’s the last - multi-cloud - that he's seen in actual practice the most.

 

Approaching Lock-In from a Consultant’s Perspective: An Interview with Nicki Watts

Consultants play a major role in helping companies deliver software. How do these consultants tackle lock-in and build portable solutions? In this interview, OpenCredo's Nicki Watt tackles this topic.

 

 

 

Series Manager

Richard Seroter s a Senior Director of Product at Pivotal, with a master's degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He's also a 9-time Microsoft MVP, trainer for developer-centric training company Pluralsight, speaker, the lead InfoQ editor for cloud computing, and author of multiple books on application integration strategies.

Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter

 

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