Consider yourself as a customer already dependent on a particular Cloud service provider to run and manager your IT support. However for some reason there is a thought in your mind, which says other options are available in market and it might be worth giving a shot moving to another service provider.
Now the Big question here is how will transitioning is going to take place, how easy or difficult it will be for an organization to make such a switch. What are the potential threats and difficulties?
Is there a better solution then moving an entire setup to another partner? Are we STUCK with a single CLOUD Partner forever…? To avoid a deadlock in cloud hosting environment, there are few things to consider before jumping into the cloud technology. First we should understand what will be the key component for this technology.
Answer is an web based application tool, which binds the software applications running on the cloud to its hardware. This Web Based Controller tool can either be provided by a service provider or a Cloud consumer will be developing it in-house per requirements.
Usually a Cloud Service provider offers an easy to maneuver Control panel, which enable the hardware and software connectivity with a click. Now Hosting providers need to have such applications, which will be common and easy to replicate across all the cloud service providers.
So the customer would have a better pick in future. This Portability will sooner be one of the key aspects, which consumer will targeting to look at before getting into any cloud service provider.
Referring to article published on infoworld.com cloud portability dated Jan16, 2012; It states
“Tech giants such as IBM, Cisco, EMC, CA, SAP, and Red Hat came up with first draft of open interoperability specification called TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications). Capgemini, Citrix, NetApp, PwC, Software AG, Virtunomic, and WSO2, among others, are also contributors.
TOSCA will let companies create template which can act as a blue print, for designing the apps and services at their end. Since the base technical architecture will be on shared line and act as open source among companies , this will help increasing the inter operational feature of services being offered, irrespective of host technology and provider.”