Addressing Lock-In Concerns With Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service

Published: 12 May 2017 ID: G00319374

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Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders must balance the agility, productivity and operational benefits of strategic cloud IaaS adoption with the risks of vendor lock-in.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Analysis
    • Architect for Application Portability, Not Infrastructure Portability
    • Identify Systemic Risks Created by Vendor Dependence
      • What Causes Lock-In?
      • Lock-In Varies per Provider
      • Where Else Are You Going to Go?
    • Embrace a Provider's Full Capabilities to Maximize Value
      • Make Conscious Trade-Offs When Selecting a Lock-In Philosophy
      • Weigh the Benefits of Standardization Versus Value Maximization
    • Architect for Contextual Independence to Maximize Portability
      • Be Wary of Abstraction Layers
      • Have a Contingency Plan
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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