A lot has been said about cloud vendor lock-in, and a lot will be said. People against vendor lock-in talk about the abrupt rise in cost, no support for features needed by an organisation, no support for GDPR etc. However, according to us, the basic purpose of avoiding vendor lock-in is to have leverage. It is like saying to cloud providers – “Look, we can change cloud providers easily. So, you better provide me with quality service.”
If you want this leverage over your cloud provider by avoiding vendor lock-in, contact Aceso Analytics today.
Truth: Organisations do change cloud vendors more than one time. Requirements change, compliance needs to be taken care of, and cost can be an issue in the future – there are many reasons. And these reasons can crop up multiple times. It is, therefore, necessary not to burn the bridge when you opt for a particular vendor.
Truth: If configured correctly (analysing risk-reward ratio), we can use existing cloud providers optimally and nurture a way out as well. This statement also assumes that if you use the cloud provider optimally, you get everything that you need to run your IT. This is not true.
Truth: Sometimes, even though you are not locked into a vendor per se, you need to have the necessary expertise in your team to bake another cloud vendor into your tech stack. Sometimes change appears daunting, and people prefer a status quo.
When it comes to vendor lock-in, always remember that the future is unpredictable. We religiously keep this in mind during the cloud enablement.
The planning phase plays a crucial role in avoiding vendor lock-in. At Aceso Analytics, we don’t assume anything. We help you visualise every scenario where something or the other would need to be changed. This enables us to opt for the right cloud platform with the option of getting out with minimal friction.
We will give you one example. Three years ago, Amazon Kinesis did not have the option to encrypt data at rest. As a result, companies that relied on Kinesis found it hard to adhere to compliance rules. Had this been identified in the planning phase, such companies could save a huge amount of troubleshooting and man hours.
Open standards are the reason why this website can reach both Windows users and Mac users. Unfortunately, in the cloud world, there are too many vendor-specific tools and sub-platforms that are baked into one platform – either AWS or Azure or GCP or whatever else. When you start depending on these platform-specific sub-platforms, it becomes hard for your company to migrate to any other cloud provider.
We at Aceso Analytics leverage open standards-based cloud implementation, enabling you to switch cloud providers painlessly. Here is one example for you. Suppose five years ago- you chose Amazon ECS for container orchestration. Why? Because ECS is free while EKS isn’t. Now, when you want to switch to another cloud vendor, you find it very hard since your applications depend heavily on ECS. ECS doesn’t have any cross-platform capability.
Apart from using open standards, we build microservices based on loose coupling. In the cloud world, this can be achieved using abstraction layers or API in more common terms. For example, instead of tightly coupling the database with a Java application running on AWS, we can abstract away the database by using JPA. JPA connects the database and acts as the bridge. This means that the database is not tightly baked into the system, enabling companies to shift the database as needed.
Aceso Analytics appreciates that leveraging multi-cloud is the most straightforward way of avoiding cloud lock-in. However, when you work with us, you get much more than a simple multi-cloud strategy. We avoid data gravity – the tendency to place applications in the same place where data. Without taking data gravity into account, your multi-cloud strategy will remain incomplete.
An organisation typically starts with a specific cloud vendor – even when they have a multi-cloud strategy in mind. As a result, it hires people who are skilled in that specific cloud platform. Unfortunately, when the time comes to switch from one cloud platform to another, these people might not be able to help you as they are experts in your existing cloud platform alone.
Aceso Analytics solves this issue with our cloud enablement as an MSP service. We provide cloud enablement as a managed service, and because of that, we have experts in most of the major cloud platforms. Our MSP can plug the skills shortage when you plan to switch to another cloud vendor.
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