There’s a story about an experiment where a group of monkeys had a ladder, at the top of which were some tasty bananas. Whenever a monkey climbed up to get them, sprinklers soaked the whole group with ice-cold water, who understandably became quickly hostile to anyone approaching the ladder. Next, a monkey would be replaced.bananas.jpg

The new monkey, spotting those bananas, started climbing the ladder, only to be surprised when the group reacted violently. Soon, they also learned to avoid the ladder. This process was repeated until none of the monkeys who remained had ever been soaked, but still they avoided the ladder, because this was the way things were done.

This same dynamic can often explain how organizations find themselves in a state vendor lock-in, and it’s understandable. Corporate inertia comes from admins having to contend with the fact that each hypervisor and public cloud brings its own pros and cons, and the costs typically associated with performing a cross-vendor comparison. So it can seem easier to just forget about those bananas and keep doing what you’re doing.

At a time when Gartner is urging buyers to be extremely cautious when selecting Infrastructure-as-as-Service (IaaS) providers, Embotics® vCommander™ gets you get past these obstacles, helping you remaining flexible and avoid the dreaded vendor lock-in. Let’s look at how.

vCommander currently supports VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and HP Helion as managed systems, and Embotics regularly adds support for new platforms. We pride ourselves on our customer-centric product management and our ability to quickly go where you need us. Adding managed systems is quick and easy, and because vCommander works in parallel with hypervisors and clouds instead of taking over the way some competitors do, testing and adoption is totally non-disruptive.

We also have a great solution for eliminating the costs associated with preparing cross-vendor comparisons: vCommander’s blg-cmp-ecn-rpt.pngcomprehensive reporting suite. Not only will you be able to instantly and effortlessly craft custom queries against hundreds of data points with the Search feature, but also take advantage of our purpose-built reports designed to provide pain-free economic comparisons and rationalization.

In particular, the VM Comparative Economics report enables immediate comparison between workload costs across managed systems. In addition to details for fully managed public clouds, this report also lets you profile costs for others, such as IBM SoftLayer, Rackspace and Google Cloud. In many cases, the cost disparity demonstrated is enough to stop or start the vendor lock-in conversation.

Above all, it’s important to understand that vCommander provides a consistent experience to your users no matter which managed system is backing their services. Mix and match services across multiple vendors responding to business needs – your users are unlikely to notice. All they will care about is the rapid, automated self-service provisioning that vCommander’s fully brandable Service Portal provides, no matter where the workloads reside.