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Three Cloud Lock-in Considerations


2010 is definitely the year of the cloud, The IT world is abuzz with the benefits of cloud computing and rightfully so. Cloud computing, the logical extension of network storage and virtualization, is probably the biggest IT leap forward since pervasive use of the Internet. Despite the buzz all that glitters isn’t gold. Despite a widespread interest in cloud computing there may be some pitfalls including cloud lock-in.

Just like the web boom of the late 1990s it’s being powered by open source software with Xen and KVM hypervisors, Hadoop mapreduce, memcached and a proliferation of the NoSQLnon-relational databases whose numbers seem to be growing by the day.

Not only is open source software helping to power the cloud infrastructure but contributions from growth companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and RackSpace are at an all-time high.

Despite the open source lovefest there is growing concern about the potential for vendor lock-in and many of the other problems associated with proprietary software. Savio Rodrigues makes a thoughtful assertion, that open APIs, not open source will protect the future openness of cloud offerings. Maybe so but it’s yet to play out.

Red Hat CEO James Whitehurst weighs in on the subject of cloud vendor lock-in at Network World, in this article titled Clouds Can Become the Mother of All Lock-ins.

To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Three Cloud Lock-in Considerations- Zenoss Blog: No Node Left Behind

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