Why cloud workload portability is a pipe dream

At last week’s AWS event in Santa Clara, California, Amazon GM of product strategy Matt Wood gave a rousing recapitulation of the abundant services offered by the world’s leading public cloud, from good old Elastic Map Reduce to Kinesis to AWS Lambda to the ruggedized AWS Snowball box for shipping data via UPS 80TB at a time. When you hear this litany, it’s hard to avoid wondering how other clouds can catch up in the sheer number and variety of services, let alone in market share.

At the same time, Google and others maintain they’re hearing enterprise customers say they don’t want to put all their eggs in one basket and are spreading their bets across multiple clouds. In a recent conversation with CloudHealth Technologies, an IT service management provider for the cloud, I heard a slightly different spin: Different parts of enterprises tend to choose clouds for tactical reasons — so an uptick in the adoption of multiple clouds tends to be “strategic” only in hindsight.

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