Interoperability is a basic requirement for cloud services, fostering fair competition and integrating components, so that an ongoing innovation process is possible. But interoperability demands common technical and legal parameters, which are related to open standards and governance, whether at the technical, service delivery or business level.
What does interoperability cloud mean?
A truly interoperable cloud will encourage potential cloud customers to on-board, safe in the knowledge that they can change providers, or use multiple providers, without significant technical challenges or effort. This will expand the size of markets in which cloud providers operate. Additionally, if standards are suitably defined, the unique selling propositions of cloud providers can all be exposed. Interoperability is a significant challenge in cloud computing, but if addressed appropriately will offer new business opportunities for cloud customers and providers alike (Cloud Standards Coordination Final Report).
Benefits of interoperability for SMEs:
- Avoid vendor lock-in
- Ensure broader choice of service offers
- Enhance fungibility and flexibility
This page provides several examples of how interoperability is supporting cloud adoption.
Brazil and Europe have a long-standing, international relationship, including joint investments in IT through coordinated calls. Cloudscape Brazil 2015, 1-2 December 2015, celebrates some of the success stories to date, sharing insights on co-operation results tackling social challenges leveraging an EU-Brazil federated cloud infrastructure.
- Total control over deployed applications
- Elastic resource consumption based on real needs
A truly interoperable cloud will encourage potential cloud customers to on-board, safe in the knowledge that they can change providers, or use multiple providers, without significant technical challenges or effort. This will expand the size of markets in which cloud providers operate. Additionally, if standards are suitably defined, the unique selling propositions of cloud providers can all be exposed.
Presentation & Demonstration by Daniele Lezzi at the Cloud Plugfest in London 12 Dec 2014 on "Cloud interoperability and elasticity with COMPSs".
Video on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/UWIWQXtA9Gc?list=PL3ODjj4AihxPUO-CHm7cI7NzIExbtQAt2
From the European Committee for Interoperability - Government and businesses should act with care in choosing a cloud provider or may face big switching costs, according to a report that was being released on Thursday by the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS). The report, “Ensuring a thriving cloud market: Why interoperability matters for business and government”, describes common pitfalls for businesses and governments trying to purchase cloud services, and suggests strategies to counteract potentially costly problems.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. The roadmap focuses on strategic and tactical objectives to support the federal government’s accelerated adoption of cloud computing. This final document reflects the input from more than 200 comments on the initial draft received from around the world.
The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is building a federated, standards-based IaaS Cloud platform, building on its decade-long experience in delivering a reliable, federated Grid infrastructure for scientific computing and e-Research across Europe and worldwide.