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DigitalOcean and CloudPlex launch a joint campaign to enable developers to seamlessly move their workloads to the cloud of their choice, using a simple visual interface


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CloudPlex is proud to announce a strategic campaign with one of the largest cloud hosting companies, Digital Ocean, in order to enhance developers’ prospects around cloud development. As both companies provide developer-friendly technologies, the campaign will empower developers to move their workloads from any cloud vendor to Digital Ocean using CloudPlex’s visual interface. Developers moving to Digital Ocean will appreciate the clean and friendly interface for development at a lower cost.
Together with Digital Ocean, CloudPlex unlocks the freedom to choose your cloud regardless of where you started, and what cloud you are deployed on.” Asad Faizi, CEO CloudPlex

Vendor lock-in is undesirable for organizations and developers

Migrating applications and their data between clouds is not exactly straightforward and a potential portability issue for application developers. Vendor lock-in makes it difficult for cloud end-users to migrate data from one cloud vendor to another.

Each public cloud vendor has a set of special development libraries and routines unique to it. Therefore, application migrations from one cloud to another require major changes at code and configuration level to ensure interoperability.

For a developer, portability requires writing application code that works in different clouds regardless of their nature. However, this should not be the case.

Ideally, developers should be easily able to switch cloud vendors and move to another vendor that provides better services at a more competitive price.

When your application runs on an infrastructure of a given cloud provider, say AWS, you are most likely to use the services that the same cloud provides (SQS, SNS, CloudFront, S3 ..etc.). When migrating your application, even if the target cloud has alternative services, the process remains slow and painful.

The idea to change cloud vendors at will is still a distant dream for most developers

As we move further into the world of cloud native development and align ourselves to DevOps standards, developers are looking for more flexibility. They want to avoid vendor lock-in typical to the previous generation of cloud applications.

Organizations have also come to learn the negative impact of being stuck to a single cloud vendor. Vendor lock-in strip-away the developers of flexibility. Being beholden to a single vendor is not very desirable to an organization’s bottom line either.

The idea to move workloads from one cloud to another at will and not being restricted to workloads on a single vendor is a dream come true for many developers. This is the flexibility they have grown used to with SaaS emerging as the common method of software distribution.

Nevertheless, they expect a seamless movement of workloads between cloud vendors, which is seldom the case. In theory, public clouds are interlinked and share common underlying technologies of virtualization, containerization, and orchestration. Therefore, the movement of workloads shouldn’t be a problem from one cloud vendor to another. For business reasons, these cloud vendors don’t make cloud migration easy, whether to avoid lock-ins or save costs.

Public cloud APIs are clumsy while interlinking is complex, not to mention configuration.

There is a complex interlinking of public cloud APIs that help the applications and data work in tandem–to pull out of one public cloud. Besides, you also have to move configuration files. Configurations files are of greater importance when the workloads include Kubernetes clusters, and you want to recreate them when moving clouds. If you have created YAML files in the past, then you know how painful moving configuration files can be.

CloudPlex and Digital Ocean allow you to migrate workloads in easy steps and in less time.

CloudPlex unlocks the freedom allowing you to migrate your development workloads from any cloud vendor to Digital Ocean in a few steps, and it takes considerably less time. A typical workload from, say, Microsoft Azure to Digital Ocean shouldn’t take more than four steps or almost thirty minutes. It empowers developers to choose any cloud vendor at the time of initial deployment and move to any other public cloud vendor they deem fit later on and after that.

The credit goes to the much sought after CloudPlex visual editor that makes cloud migration happen over a drag and drop tool. For example, the visual drag and drop tool allows you to import you Kubernetes workloads from any provider-managed Kubernetes cluster (GKE, AKS, EKS, DOKS, IKS), or user-managed clusters on any public cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP, Digital Ocean, IBM), or private clouds (VMWare, OpenStack, Bare Metal).
If you believe provider-managed Kubernetes clusters are limiting your application, CloudPlex makes it quite simple to create and run your own Kubernetes cluster on Digital Ocean using a visual interface. Moreover, you can start a new Kubernetes cluster from scratch with a rich set of network, infrastructure, and Kubernetes configuration options.
One of the recurring problems while moving dev workloads from one cloud vendor to another is manifest management. That is, you need to create an overwhelming number of YAML files or Helm configurations manually. You are supposed to create Config files manually, and YAML or JSON manifests for each deployment, keeping into account syntax and all attributes.
Eventually, you will end up with a huge stack of small YAML files to manage that map all of the resources in their environment. During migration, these artifacts grow exponentially and become impossible for a human to handle.

CloudPlex saves developers from manually creating complex Helm and YAML manifest and config files. The iconic drag-n-drop visual interface allows developers to configure Docker containers without redundant manual actions. Besides, the tool validates and generates all related manifest and config files.

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Together with Digital Ocean, CloudPlex is giving you the chance to choose your cloud vendors and break free from cloud lock-in. We want you to rise above the clichés of cloud computing and live a life of fewer outages, less maintenance, and lower costs.

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