The reality today and for the foreseeable future is that you cannot pick a single cloud provider as a winner and move all of your assets to its cloud service. Instead, you need to use the right cloud for right job. In many instances, that means there will be more than one cloud in your portfolio. The ability to create a layer of abstraction between developers and admins, and the underlying fine-grained complexity to support that, will be a critical success factor of distributed cloud computing. AWS's CloudFormation is a step in this direction, but it's only for the AWS cloud and not the solution we all need.
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