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Dec 2017 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US43285917

Cloud Platforms: Opportunity for Agility, Speed, and Flexibility Leveraging AWS Compared with Lock-In Concerns

By: Larry CarvalhoResearch Director, Platform as a Service, Al GillenGroup Vice President, Software Development and Open Source

Abstract

This IDC Perspective covers the challenges faced by enterprises as they choose between various technology paths while embarking on their cloud adoption journey. Historically, customers have become locked into proprietary vendor solutions during major technology shifts, and IT has become wary of falling into the same trap during this cloud technology shift.

"Cloud software offerings based on open source and the pressure to quickly develop organizational agility provided by cloud platforms leveraging commodity hardware are changing the posture enterprises are taking during this technology shift," says Larry Carvalho, research manager, Cloud Platforms and Developer Services at IDC. "Emerging platform technology offers huge benefits over traditional methods, and enterprises should weigh the risk of missing the opportunity to gain an edge over competitors through agility and lower costs over the risk of lock-in during this refresh cycle."


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