Constant technology developments in cloud computing are creating exceptional opportunities for enterprises to transform business models, and their communications with customers and partners. Technologies like open standards play a key role in cloud computing strategy. Open standards in the cloud are enabling a new approach to delivering capabilities, workloads, and services while driving new levels of interoperability across cloud deployments. This approach results in dramatic improvements in data center operations, faster application development, and highly scalable solutions deployed in the cloud. Recently, Angel Diaz, IBM Vice President of Open Technology and Cloud Performance, has posted a very interesting article on Wired titled “Creating the Gold “Standard” for Cloud Computing,” that highlights the significance of developing standards for cloud computing. The article describes why organizations need to employ open standards as they adopt cloud solutions, underlines the pitfalls of taking a propitiatory approach to cloud and recaps some of the work being performed at the industry level by OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and OpenPOWER foundation to create widespread open standards.
One of the key efforts Angel discussed in his article is OpenStack Havana. This latest and most important release by OpenStack foundation addresses the two main concerns of cloud adopters - safety of their critical data and ensuring that their existing enterprise security is easily integrated. I would encourage you to read the full article and share your thoughts @angelluisdiaz or @IBMSDE. To know about IBM’s latest innovations in cloud computing and open standard technologies, visit ibm.com/cloud-computing.
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