Amazon AWS Export and Cloud Providers interoperability

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Few days ago, Amazon Web Services launched a new service called VM Export Service: now you can export a VM outside of Amazon towards your favorite HyperVisor:

The service can export Windows Server 2003 (R2) and Windows Server 2008 EC2 instances to VMware ESX-compatible VMDK, Microsoft Hyper-V VHD or Citrix Xen VHD images. We plan to support additional operating systems, image formats and virtualization platforms in the future.

It’s another step towards the end of Vendor Lock-in?

Lock-in is the behaviour of a Cloud Provider that gives you proprietary tools that make not easy to withdraw from him. It’s a common practice  to keep customers, hostiled by many willing for “open” and shared solutions (I can see my friend Massimo Re Ferrè having a shock at this point…).

For sure this is another step towards a better interoperability, but we are only at the hypervisor level. You will be able to move a VM between Amazon and other hypersisors. But what really creates the lock-in are the APIs to automate your cloud experience, and here no Cloud platform can offer you interop or lock-in avoidance; and it will not in the short-time.

One thought on “Amazon AWS Export and Cloud Providers interoperability

  1. This is a great psychological tool. Also, an incredible check-box weapon for RFIs/RFPs. They are smart.

    No worries, no shock here… 🙂

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