One of our most popular articles is about cloud vendor lock-in. The lock-in problem is simple. An organization uses and becomes dependent on the tools, technologies, processes, and services of a specific vendor. If you wish to change vendors, or you need to change vendors, you have to replace those tools, technologies, processes, and services you've become so dependent on. You also have to retrain your people to use the new systems, tools, and processes. It's a costly and time-consuming proposition.
We wrote an article earlier that explains why it's inevitable, and how you can mitigate it, but people have asked us for something more, a simple reference, a checklist. So we've made one. In this article, we'll give you a checklist to plan for cloud vendor lock-in and make getting out easier. The best time to mitigate vendor lock-in is plan to for it when you adopt any cloud service. If you haven’t been doing that, you should evaluate your existing services as soon as possible and start developing a plan to mitigate vendor lock-in. This article tells you what to look for.