In the news that Google and VMWare are partnering up there is a very interesting and relevant concept: that “one of the major concerns of” enterprise customer “CIOs considering cloud-based applications is vendor lock-in. Few IT executives want to make their businesses dependent on a single vendor if they can help it.”
With Google’s and VMware’s Java development tools, enterprise programmers can create applications that run on Google App Engine for Business, in a VMware environment — hosted or on-premises — or even on other infrastructure that’s compatible with the standard Java stack like Amazon’s EC2.
How complex is this going to be for even the smartest CIO?
– how aware are they of this issue, is it perception or a fact
– what are the costs of cloud vendor lock -in
– will they afford supporting multiple platforms, as well as maintaining on premise assets for some more time
– or, at least for the infancy of the cloud, will they initially choose one all-up vendor to guide them
What I believe is the underlying message is – there is a lot of room for great partners that can address the cloud opportunity and drive change management, helping CIOs in transitioning today IT architectures to the next level.