One reason enterprises cite for not moving faster to the cloud is fear of lock-in. Lock-in is the equivalent driving an old, breakdown-prone, gas-guzzling car instead of investing in a newer model that runs better and saves time and money in the long-run because you don’t want to invest the time and money for a newer, more efficient model. Many enterprises see moving or switching clouds the same way. Even though the current cloud-hosted architecture may be difficult to maintain or the service is less than stellar, large enterprise with massive data stores often choose to remain in a bad situation because of the size and scale of moving and the possibility of having to re-architect applications.
In the early days of cloud computing, providers routinely used their own in-house or preferred hardware and software systems. As long as your data remained with that provider, you had no problem. But if business needs changed or lack of service left you needing to move, that wonderful proprietary product database that you’ve been using is gone. You may wind up with a mish-mash of data that you’ll have to figure out how to manipulate into the next provider’s system.
To address this barrier to cloud adoption read, “Unlocking the Enterprise Stack,” a white paper that delves into the specific lock-in issues enterprises face and how OpenStack, the open cloud platform formed by Rackspace, NASA, other technology companies, creates federation, portability, and freedom for enterprise-level cloud computing.