Experts: Standards needed for cloud computing

Cloud computing is still in its infancy and standards need to be developed around the emerging technology, several experts said today at the Strategies and Technologies for Cloud Computing Interoperability meeting sponsored by the Object Management Group.

Standards will lead to cloud-computing technology that is interoperable, which in turn will provide government agencies with more choices when adopting cloud-based solutions, said Winston Bumpus, president of the Distributed Management Task Force.

Systems that work with common standards will also create competition among vendors, which should reduce costs to government organizations, he said. Without standards, agencies could get locked into proprietary systems that do not work with any other pieces of technology, Bumpus said.

Standards will also reduce training costs because employees will not have to learn how to use several systems, Bumpus said.

Even though there is a lack of standards, agencies should not be afraid of developing and deploying cloud-computing systems, said Krishna Sankar, leader of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium’s Cloud Computing Team.

Developing cloud-computing systems is now more important than developing standards, he said, adding that once systems are created, developers will have a better idea of where standards are needed.

“You want to innovate, but only at certain points do you want standards,” Sankar said. “You will only know where those points are once you start developing.”

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Wed, Mar 25, 2009

Not true... in addition to billions potentially wasted by trying to get competitive systems to talk to each other, the creation of security systems to support all of these "clouds" will be much harder in the future. Smart CIO's will shy away from these projects until they can be assured of security. Look at all the credit card theft happening over just the last year. Without a proven security architecture, this will just exacerbate the problem.

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