Standardizing The Cloud
Cloud computing has come a long way in a very short amount of time; however, if the cloud is to reach its highest potential, industry, government and consumers need to collaborate on the creation of global standards.
Currently, there is very little consistency with how the cloud is managed across the world. The recently released EU Data Protection Directive attempts to standardize the cloud across Europe but more needs to be done.
Why does standardizing the cloud matter?
Why in the world would we want more legislation and red tape surrounding the cloud? As alluded to earlier, if the cloud is to reach its greatest heights then some standards governing it are needed.
At the moment, it is difficult for large enterprises to invest in cloud computing, as they need to ensure their data is protected, accessible and secure across the world. If there were a standard, global protocol, these concerns would be alleviated and more resources would be provided to help grow and expand on the current cloud infrastructure. What areas need to be standardized?
A recent study conducted by Booz & Company highlighted 9 areas that need to be standardized when governing the cloud. They include:
1. Efficiency of Service Provisioning
2. Effectiveness of Service Usage and Control
3. Transparency of Service Delivery and Billing
4. Information Security
5. Data Privacy
7. Portability Between Providers
8. Enabling Fair Competition in the Market
9. Compliance with Regulatory Requirements
Each one of these areas can be further refined, but these are the main requirements/areas of study that need to be expanded to effectively standardize the cloud.
Does it sound reasonable to create a global framework that governs cloud technology?
Currently there are several groups working on creating cloud standards including the Open Grid Forum, the IEEE, OASIS, and the Storage Networking Industry Association among others. Each of these groups are working on a variety of standards for implementing the cloud. While it is a step in the right direction, the end result needs to be a global standardization of the cloud.
This type of global cooperation needs to become more and more prevalent as we move forward. Technologies such as the Internet and the cloud are removing borders. As such, the world needs to start working together in an effort to create an even playing field that will further the development of said technologies.
If we don’t accept the challenge and create a standardization protocol for the cloud, there will be many issues with interoperability between platforms, user confusion. If all goes haywire, the cloud will become a “very tricky” piece of technology. If we remove these obstacles, we can expect to see the cloud advance beyond our wildest dreams.
What is your take on standardizing the cloud? Let us know in the comments below.
By Lauris Veips
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