Figuring out who gets to claim low-cost leadership, however, is not so simple, as a Rightscale analysis indicates. Mapping out the lowest-cost cloud for a particular workload is painful, and even if one manages to gather this insight, cloud portability is a bit of a joke, largely because the cloud vendors are hooking users on differentiated services that don’t easily translate between clouds.
Which brings us back to the cloud price war that wasn’t. Savvy enterprises aren’t looking to the cloud to cut costs. They’re searching for improved business agility, more than anything else. That agility gets tied into specific services on the different clouds. It’s not that pricing doesn’t matter, but rather that it matters far less than plugging into innovative services that these different clouds offer.
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