Cloud Computing Interoperability and Portability Standards are Critical to Avoid Vendor Lock-In
Vienna, VA (PRWEB) March 26, 2013
Fusion PPT, a recognized cloud computing strategy and technology firm, announced today that an article discussing cloud computing standards, published by InformationWeek, leveraged the firm’s experience working with cloud computing brokers, standards and cloud management tools. The article, titled “Cloud Standards: Bottom Up, Not Top Down,” featured key commentary by Fusion PPT CEO Michael Biddick, an expert in the cloud computing field who has written a book on Federal Cloud Computing, as well as over 50 articles and reports on cloud-related topics.
The recent growing concern over the lack of existing standards for cloud computing services is a huge problem for both clients and vendors, and the traditional top-down approach (getting standards from large standards bodies) is insufficient. Consistent standards for cloud portability (between providers) are necessary to ensure secure environments, allow for efficient data export, avoid vendor-lock in, provide failover in case of outages, and allow organizations the flexibility to choose the service/s that best fit their needs. Individual organizations and agencies have been working to develop or implement standards for their own services, but cloud computing standardization remains extremely fragmented.
The article examines this issue and some possible existing standards for their applicability to IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS environments. In doing so, the author questions Biddick about his experience implementing this emerging class of standards into actionable solutions. The article also taps into Fusion PPT's expertise with standards for orchestration and provisioning within the cloud.
Agencies and organizations alike continue to work on the problem as innovation in the cloud atmosphere progresses. As the author suggests, a bottom-up approach (wide adoption of the standards of a single vendor) to cloud standards could be the next big step for the cloud, but that would require the maturation of existing standards or the development of new ones.