COLT signs up to Open Cloud Manifesto

Cloud computing

A European business telecoms provider is the latest company to sign up to the Open Cloud Manifesto today.

COLT has signed up to campaign which calls for a set of standards outlining cloud computing to be drawn up. This in turn would give both providers and users a full understanding of the technology, according to the organisation.

Maggy McClelland, managing director of COLT Managed Services, said in a statement: "There is a lack of regulatory and technical cohesion in cloud computing standards. There needs to be greater effort and more activity in driving consensus around what represents good practices, particularly relating to which aspects need to be standardised and when."

The Open Cloud Manifesto currently has 250 members including big technology guns such as IBM, Cisco, EMC and VMware.

In the organisation's manifesto, the group says it does not want to define the cloud but instead "initiate a conversation that will bring together the emerging cloud computing community (both cloud users and cloud providers) around a core set of principles."

The manifesto adds: "Cloud computing is still in its early stages, with much to learn and more experimentation to come. However, the time is right for the members of the emerging cloud computing community to come together around the notion of an open cloud."

A survey released in June showed almost half of IT professionals did not know what cloud computing was.

Read on to find out how vendors must help with confusion over cloud computing.

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