“I don’t want to get locked in to any specific cloud” is what I hear from clients on a daily basis. Of course you don’t. Who does? However, these are the realities of cloud services: If you move your applications to a cloud and you use native services on that cloud, you’re now coupled to that cloud.

This does not mean you can’t move the application again, but it will cost you time, money, and of course risk. You’re not technically locked in, but it won’t be cheap to move to a different provider.
So you may feel locked in.[ What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. | Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains how to move into a cloud career from traditional IT. ]
The truth of the matter is that all major public cloud providers come with the lockin trade-off.

Although you can certainly write and deploy applications to a public cloud provider that are portable to similar platforms on other clouds, your applications won’t reach their full potential if you don’t use those native cloud services that make moving difficult.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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