IEEE, others call for establishment of cloud standards
In an effort to promote future growth of cloud computing and establish a set of international rules governing its development, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced the launch of IEEE P2301 and IEEE P2302 working groups.
In an effort to promote future growth of cloud computing and establish a set of international rules governing its development, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recently announced the launch of two working groups created to draft a set of cloud standards.
Under the Cloud Computing Initiative, the IEEE has established the IEEE P2301 and IEEE P2302 working groups. The former is intended to draft a set of guidelines for existing and in-progress cloud standards and govern cloud portability and interoperability. The IEEE P2302, meanwhile, will observe cloud-to-cloud interoperability and federation and help build a transparent economy of scale for cloud products and service providers.
IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative Steven Diamond likened the rise of cloud computing to that of the Internet, noting its potential to disrupt the way businesses approach IT. However, for the technology to reach its “full potential,” he noted, a common framework is needed.
As cloud adoption continues to grow among businesses of all sizes, several industry leaders and observers have called for the establishment of rules to govern the technology. The IEEE’s Cloud Computing Initiative is one of the latest of these calls to action.
In a recent blog post, European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes noted that the cloud has potential to benefit Europe’s economy greatly. However, for this to occur, lawmakers need to establish clear rules pertaining to data security and data transferring between countries.
“I think we are now in the middle of a very important debate. It is going to take partnership between industry and government, and society, as well as European leadership, to ensure that we actively create the best environment for all parties, and put computing within reach of all,” Kroes wrote.
The establishment of cloud standards is becoming increasingly critical, as the market continues to climb rapidly. According to MarketsandMarkets, the global cloud market will reach $121.1 billion by 2015.