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A lack of standards to facilitate moves between cloud providers doesn’t mean companies are helpless in the face of vendor lock-in.
Cloud computing is a major development in information technology, comparable in importance with the mainframe, the minicomputer, the microprocessor, and the Internet. It has the potential to make an increasingly significant contribution to economic activity throughout the world. This potential will only be realized if cloud computing products and services are portable and interoperable.
Even though a fear of lock-in is hampering uptake, cloud customers could still be doing more themselves to minimise the pain of moving providers.
The Internet is one of the foundations of cloud computing, and is an excellent example of how portability and interoperability can deliver massive benefits. But cloud computing is more than the Internet. The additional cloud components that store and process information, unlike the Internet and web components…
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