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Open Cloud – Where it Makes Most Sense

by on May.29, 2009, under Storage

Open Cloud V Where it Makes Most Sense

Open Cloud V Where it Makes Most Sense

Openness and standardization have been an eternity topic for computer industry. Since the early 80How will open standards and open source solutions play in the cloud computing era? As we look at the most popular cloud service providers today, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, etc. None of them have open standards, at most they have open interfaces for others to interact with, but the cloud solution stack is mostly proprietary. If past history is a mirror of the future, we can foresee that as cloud services become more popular, open standards will play more and more important roles. A natural question to ask is how much open standards can play in the context of cloud computing? That is a question interesting to many of us. Let me try to share my opinion on this.As indicated in the chart below, the level of open standards decrease as we go higher up to the cloud services stack. At the very bottom, the hardware building blocks, we need strong interoperability and inter-changeable (disposable?) components. They should be general independent of cloud middleware and application services. At the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform services (Platform as a service Based on the analysis above, it is safe to assume that open standard and open source opportunities are most promising at HW building blocks, IaaS, and PaaS layers. That should be where the industry is more likely to build consensus. While for the upper layers, especially SaaS, we should focus on interface standards, not as much on standard building blocks and open source solutions. Intel has been a leader for HW standard building block for the last 30 years and has changed the industry. It is natural to assume that Intel should focus IaaS and PaaS building blocksas well as how these open standards could be applied at open datacenters (ODC) as_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Definition of taxonomy:

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