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What is Vendor Lock In

Vendor Lock In - an aspect that should always be considered at the beginning of a data science project.

Vendor Lock In is when you decided to use the platform and the tools from a specific vendor. When you do that you no longer have the freedom to simply switch vendors without investing huge amounts of work.

You may know the situation: At the beginning of a project, you have - perhaps a bit hastily - decided on a vendor. But now you realize that this was not the best choice for your project.

So you want to change to something else.

But that's a big problem: Both technically and financially, it is very difficult to do so, because nothing fits to your current setup.

Difficult switch from Google to AWS

For example: If you choose Google Cloud, you can't easily switch to AWS or anywhere else.

The Services from Google don't exist on AWS.