10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
February 18, 2013 11:06 AM Nobody wants to be caught in proprietary traps in the cloud. These tools can help you avoid being hemmed in by one vendor.
CA Technologies is the sleeper in this set of multi-vendor cloud tools. The company has pushed forward with a number of aggressive cloud acquisitions, including Oblicore, WebQOS, Nimsoft and 3Tera. CA has gotten some traction with its AppLogic implementation from 3Tera.
AppLogic provides a graphical interface on which users can create and deploy cloud server models. The tool is currently being used by enterprise-oriented global cloud service SavvisDirect, a unit of CenturyLink, at 50 data centers. CA converted 3Tera's AppLogic into a product used as the basis for SavvisDirect's orchestration platform, AppGrid, a graphical system for building and deploying a cloud workload.
CA's AppLogic tool has many strong features, including the ability to include a cloud workload as part of a business process. CA, which has been collecting best practices from customers of acquisitions including 3Tera, Cirrhus9, Contegix and DNS Europe, already has a hand in running at least 400 public and private cloud operations through its product line. Whether that's enough to keep CA a contender in this aggressive group of cloud tool providers, time will tell.