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Some people consider Amazon's APIs to be the de facto cloud computing API standard. I don't agree for several reasons--not the least of which is that it's too early for cloud standards in the first place.
Cloud computing is significantly greener than its traditional IT operations alternatives, right? Actually, it may not quite be that simple.
Sources say that Amazon will open source the APIs for EC2 and S3. Since they are de-facto standards, let's hope it's true.
A recent draft of a government standard definition of cloud computing from the NIST is surprisingly workable. Could it be that the feds beat the commercial sector to the punch on this one?
Leaked late last week, the Open Cloud Manifesto has been a highly controversial document among cloud industry participants. The document and its signatory list are now officially public.
Various vendors have made the term cloud computing almost meaningless, and an overall taxonomy for the technology and market--required for interoperability--is sorely lacking.
Roger Smith challenges the need for a maturity model for cloud computing. His points are worth consideration, but as he makes his case he clearly misunderstands the tenor and theme of the model I introduced.