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5 Things You Should Know About Hybrid Cloud

Many enterprises are adopting hybrid cloud strategies, but in doing so, they face significant challenges.
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You shouldn’t create a hybrid cloud because of vendor lock-in fears.


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Enterprise IT leaders have a lot of worries about becoming overly reliant on a single cloud vendor. In fact, in the Stratoscale survey mentioned earlier, 52% of those surveyed were very or somewhat concerned about vendor lock-in, while only 7% weren’t concerned at all. And CIOs and IT executives were much more concerned about the possibility than other IT professionals were.

However, Nelson cautioned, “Vendor lock-in mitigation shouldn’t be the hybrid cloud driver.” She said that it is fairly easy to migrate from one infrastructure as a service provider to another, although enterprises might run into more problems related to platform as a service offerings, which tend to be unique to the various vendors. She said that the various alternatives to avoid this possibility have costs that outweigh the benefits, so she advised against adopting hybrid exclusively as a way to avoid lock-in, even when using platform as a service.

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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