Gartner Research

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

Published: 12 May 2017

ID: G00319374

Analyst(s): Lydia Leong , Mike Dorosh


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
  • Key Challenges



  • 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

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