13 tips to foil cloud lock-in

Last month I noted that the big AWS outage proved one cloud isn’t enough. This week, I’d like to go a bit further into the topic and talk about some of the things you can do concretely to embrace the cloud without betting the farm.

It’s not just about outages. Any vendor who has you by the data will eventually extract the maximum value from the relationship. Sometimes the most important question in a business relationship is: “What’s your exit strategy?” Here are my best answers, arranged by cloud type.

For IaaS

  1. Use Docker or a similar solution. You should have relocatable containers that you can rebuild and deploy at a whim. This is a critical if you want to protect yourself against lock-in.

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