Will the Cloud Ever Be Truly Open?

Momentum is gaining for an open, interoperable cloud, although the question remains whether user preferences will actually trump big business concerns this time around.  Unlike the open computing movements of the past, however, this one seems to have real teeth. The Open Data Center Alliance just published a set of requirements and usage models aimed at fostering a universal, open cloud environment. The package includes guidance on security, automation, management and policies, but that’s not the most important takeaway here. Rather, it’s the fact that in just seven months the alliance has managed to cobble together some 280 global leaders that represent more than $100 billion in IT spending every year. Only with that kind of clout do open technologies stand a chance against entrenched financial interests.



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