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Cloud interoperability gets boost from IEEE

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Will the IEEE's push for cloud interoperability standards some cloud obstacles?

It's too early to tell, but as a powerful standards-setting body, just the mere mention of IEEE involvement is a blessing or sorts. Several IEEE officials did not mince their words, labeling the cloud the second coming of the Internet in the IEEE press release about the initiative.  

“Cloud computing will change everything. It is one of the three aspects of the 'perfect storm' of technology waves currently sweeping across humanity, the other two being massive deployment of very smart mobile devices, and ubiquitous high-speed connectivity,” said David Bernstein, IEEE P2301 and IEEE P2302 WG chair, and managing director, Cloud Strategy Partners. “The cloud will tie all of these coming advancements together. We’re truly embarking on a new age of innovation.”

No doubt, emerging standards efforts are revving the cloud's already-red hot growth engine.      

The IEEE joins the European Union and other groups trying to set cloud interoperability standards, according to an IDG News Service story, which posits that for any cloud standard to be successful, it must be global. Indeed, different clouds must work together to realize the full potential of this new computing paradigm. The IEEE has formed two different working groups to address "critical areas such as application, portability, management, and interoperability interfaces, as well as file formats and operation conventions," it said in the press release

The IEEE with its engineering membership and long track record in standard-setting would seem better equipped that the EU to determine the technology considerations. In the end, they could (or should) collaborate on global standards.

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Michael Procopio 19 Points | Tue, 04/05/2011 - 04:42

I think this will be a real plus for the industry. I posted on my blog the "standards" that individual organizations are working on. 

It will be interesting to see how fast those vendors join the IEEE effort or move to it when its out.

John Dodge 1535 Points | Tue, 04/05/2011 - 13:26

Good post and yes, I am, old enough to remember DEC TCP/IP (and DECNet and X.25) and of course, SNA. I agree that all the open efforts are a good thing. Trying to set a defacto with brute market force would be a fool's trying a company trying to own the Internet.