Open Cloud Manifesto – A new initiative to make Cloud Computing ‘Open’

As you all know, Cloud Computing is the most happening thing these days in the IT world. A group of companies formed an alliance and have come out with a Manifesto called Open Cloud Manifesto. The list of companies that support runs close to about 70. The list includes IBM, SUN, VMWare, Novell, EMC, CSC, Cisco etc.  The prominent names that are missing include Amazon, Google, Microsoft and SalesForce.Com. Unfortunately, these firms are also considered leaders in the Cloud Computing Space. Hope these big boys also will  join the alliance to make the CC world as open as it can be.

They also have a WiKi, Discussion Forum and other Resources available. Visit the website for more details.

Highlights of the Manifesto:

Core value propositions of Cloud Computing:

  1. Scalability on Demand
  2. Streamlining the Data Center
  3. Improving Business Processes
  4. Minimizing Start-Up costs

Challenges and Barriers to Adoption:

  1. Security
  2. Data and Application Interoperability
  3. Data and Application Portability
  4. Governance and Management
  5. Metering and Monitoring

Goals of Open Cloud:

  1. Choice
  2. Flexibility
  3. Speed and Agility
  4. Skills

It also includes some principles that the Cloud Providers  should adopt. Visit the website ( for more details


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About Venu Mallarapu

I am currently working as Associate Director at Cognizant Technology Services in their Life Sciences division. I have over 15 years of experience in developing IT Solutions and Services, specifically for Life Sciences industry for about 9 years. I have worked with small to large pharma customers to address various business requirements in R&D, Sales and Marketing areas. IT Service Management is one of my other passions. I blog and write about technology frequently and have also presented at various conferences and workshops on wide variety of topics in technology.

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