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10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in

Nobody wants to be caught in proprietary traps in the cloud. These tools can help you avoid being hemmed in by one vendor.
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Gravitant is an example of what may become a new way of distributing cloud services: a cloud service brokerage. Gravitant's Cloud Matrix CSB Platform is a brokerage and management platform for cloud services, allowing a company to contract with a variety of public and private service providers integrated into one cataloging, provisioning and billing portal. It is service-agnostic, and a company can simulate various mixes of cloud services to explore different pricing scenarios. With CloudMatrix CSB, a company can set up a virtual data center that uses several cloud services while managing the data center as a single unit. Gravitant is one of the first companies to offer such a brokerage service.

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DerekSlayton
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2/25/2013 | 2:36:50 PM
re: 10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
Full disclosure, I work for VMTurbo but this comment makes absolutely no sense - and is inaccurate with how it represents our technology. The article is meant to cover technologies that help customers avoid getting locked in to a vertical stack. Customers using VMTurbo for intelligent placement - or improved control of the running environment, or capacity analysis and planning - have specifically decided to do so because of the value it provides to them. So to say "they are stuck with it" is just ludicrous. Further, our technology does just what Charlie intends to highlight (I think) with the article - that is, place those workloads and continuously optimize resource allocations across a heterogeneous hypervisor environment. Finally, our technology does provide API access to enable easy integration with other runbook or process management tools.
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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2/22/2013 | 1:15:25 AM
re: 10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
jsmitty6436: I can almost agree that Embotics should be on the list. They've done good work in virtual machine management and I considered them. But they've announced that they plan to have Hyper-V support in "early 2013," not the support itself. So you tell me, should they be on the list? Charlie Babcock, InformationWeek
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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2/22/2013 | 12:02:10 AM
re: 10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
Anon125 etc., If you're operating in the real world and buying software from software vendors, you're experiencing some degree of lock-in. The goal here isn't to solve all lock-in issues for all time but to avoid the most obvious traps of cloud lock-in. The named parties provide a measure of flexibility and cross-cloud capability that lets a cloud user avoid getting caught up in one line of products. Indeed, I find the companies with strong systems management experience to be a source of this capability, partly because they understood cross-hardware and cross-operating system issues before cloud computing came along. Some of them, IBM, HP, CA and BMC included, seem to have learned some hard lessons about the how they might be left behind in this new era. They now believe they will be if they don't achieve more of this cross-cloud flexibility, and they are gainfully employing that knowledge. And since the Anon125etc. is from HP, I'm not surprised there's a sense of rivalry with the others to his comments. Charlie Babcock
Mark Montgomery
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Mark Montgomery,
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2/21/2013 | 11:46:12 PM
re: 10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
Sigh..... philosophy and tactics are always embedded in architecture and code. Incentives are much better aligned in newcos and private companies than large public incumbents and that has been the case since the industry was born, which is why creative destruction is a continuous process. Too bad so many large customers and CIOs missed the entire education on market farming and their role with it. Kyield doesn't lock-in. I am the founder and majority owner and I am willing, able and have inked it in pilot AGs. Trust me please -- you have to work much harder than this to find the jewels before the herd. Those with the most funding and make the most noise tend to be the least aligned with customers, and they advertise in trades the most, payoff entire industry ecosystems in numerous ways, including some cases hire FT 'independent consultants' and their blogs. What a mess.
ANON1252433557584
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2/21/2013 | 10:36:13 AM
re: 10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
Sorry Charles, but each and every one of the 10 you bring out there are vendor or technology lock-ins. I'm not going to talk about CA and BMC which are clearly lock-ins, but once you rely on VMTurbo to take an example, you are dependent of them for a lot of your server placement. You'r e not ready to move to another technology on a heartbeat. Rather than avoiding vendor lock-in, it's probably wiser to ensure you maximize the possibilities of being able to add the technologies of your choice. As a matter of fact, in a blog post I released yesterday, I'm hinting to 5 key rules. You can find them http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/C.... Give me your feedback.
Nati Shalom
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Nati Shalom,
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2/21/2013 | 6:18:35 AM
re: 10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
I think that Cloud Portability may seem to be a big topic and to most people also means that to get portability we need to compromise on a least common denominator.
The cost of that compromise may often be higher than the cost of "locking".

It is therefore important to note that there are various approaches to avoid locking that doesn't necessarily means that we need to agree on a least common denominator as i pointed out in this post: http://natishalom.typepad.com/...

Nati Shalom
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Nati Shalom,
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2/20/2013 | 11:18:15 PM
re: 10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
Good overview: You should also consider cloudifysource.org an opensource framework for managing application across large pool of private and public clouds including Amazon, Rackspace, HPCS, Azure, CloudStack, OpenStack, Eucalyptus. Cloudify also support non virtualised legacy data centres.
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2/20/2013 | 7:42:42 PM
re: 10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
Aside from the inconvenient format, the info is biased and incorrect. Having BMC and CA listed as helping avoid vendor lock-in is insane. Both CA and BMC are vendors who are classic for locking customers in. In addition, Rightscale is provided as SAAS so that is lock-in and a security issue. I suspect that Charles just got tired and instead of researching next Gen Cloud platforms that support real server automation tools and network virtualization platforms; he just regurgitated and repurposed some old research.

I would suggest that lacking inclusion of Embotics and CloudBolt is a real oversight.
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Prof Ralph,
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2/20/2013 | 6:52:39 PM
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I agree 100% - such good articles yet it is so inconvenient that we cannot print or save the entire article!
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2/19/2013 | 9:42:59 PM
re: 10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." How's that working out for you so far?
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