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Spurred by fleeting discussion about lock-in during Wednesday’s Bunker session, I’m putting together a piece about the current state of the cloud lock-in threat. Although it will be fleshed out in the finished product, the gist of my argument is that third-party brokers and APIs have mitigated the threat in terms of portability, but a lack of interoperability still leaves users locked into one provider per application — there can be no true best-of-breed cloud application environments. I think a question worth considering is what degree of interoperability is necessary, and whether standards or customer demand for openness are the best best for getting there. What role should (or can) open source software play?