Standards for a trusted cloud

Standardisation is seen as a strong enabler, bringing more confidence to users, especially SMEs. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the lack of control, interoperability and portability, which are central to avoiding vendor lock-in, whether at the technical, service delivery or business level, and want broader choice and greater clarity.

Benefits of open standards

Open standards can protect consumers and are one of the most important means used to bring new technologies to the market. From a consumer’s point of view, uptake and even enforcement of public open standards offers a number of benefits over industry standards due to impartial public copyrights and associated IPR policies. As a consequence, public open standards offer protection from vendor lock-in and licensing issues, therefore avoiding significant migration costs if not provided.


A free guide to cloud standards

CloudWATCH is proactively supporting standards adoption and has compiled a cloud standard guide which gives information on the main cloud standards for portability, interoperability and security. CloudWATCH has also identified the main areas where standards are missing.

A major objective of CloudWATCH is to identify a metholodology for establishing cloud standards profiles around the federation of cloud services. CloudWATCH has delivered 3 straw man cloud standard profiles based on a portfolio of European and international use cases covering technical, policy and legal requirements

This page contains all related standards profile work as well as more information on the benefits of standards adoption.

CloudWATCH Recommendations for future projects and policy makers

Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 - 15:00

The CloudWATCH series of projects has supported and facilitated standards development in the European ICT landscape during the entire existence of the projects. Drawing from the decade-long experience of its experts over the more than four years of its duration, CloudWATCH recommends the following actions for future projects and policy makers alike:

Why standardise? The business case for the adoption of cloud standards. Views and recommendations from the CloudWATCH Summit

Friday, 3 November, 2017 - 15:30

CloudWATCH2 organised a panel-driven conversation about the business case for the adoption of cloud standards (and standards at large) at the CloudWATCH2 summit 2017, which at the same time marked the project’s final event on 19/20 September 2017.

@CnectCloud projects publish Position Papers for Cloudscape Brazil 2015

Tuesday, 1 December, 2015 - 12:45

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. 

EGI Federated Cloud enabled through the use of open standards

The EGI Federated Cloud is a production service that offers a seamless grid of academic private clouds and virtualised resources built around open standards and focusing on the requirements of the scientific community. The result is a new type of research e-infrastructure based on the mature federated operations services that make EGI a reliable resource for science. When using EGI Federated Cloud resources, researchers and research communities can count on:
  • Total control over deployed applications
  • Elastic resource consumption based on real needs

Cloud standards profiles – Taking interoperability from a best practice to a common practice

When it comes to adopting emerging technologies, standardisation is essential user and market confidence. People won’t use technologies they don’t trust. Users are increasingly concerned about the lack of control, interoperability and portability, which are central to avoiding vendor lock-in, whether at the technical, service delivery or business level. Open standards are all about protecting consumers. But who knows which standards are best for them? CloudWATCH may have a way forward.

How have we identified the cloud standard profiles?

Cloud standards and businesses needs - take part in our survey

Thursday, 9 July, 2015 - 11:00
The CloudWATCH project is an EC-funded initiative aimed to accelerate the adoption of cloud services across Europe.
In addition to the tools developed by CloudWATCH, standards seek to identify common interests and to collect a focused set of use cases for profiling. 38 cloud projects, including EC-funded projects, have provided the main ground for this research. Now it is time to check if and how standards address the real needs of businesses.

Standards for Portability

Cloud platforms should make it possible to securely and efficiently move data in, out, and among cloud providers and to make it possible to port applications from one cloud platform to another. According to NIST cloud portability  means that data can be moved from one cloud system to another and that applications can be ported and run on different cloud systems at an acceptable cost.

Standards for Interoperability

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.

Standards for SLAs

Cloud Service Level Agreements (Cloud SLAs) form an important component of the contractual relationship between a cloud service customer and a cloud service provider of a cloud service. Given the global nature of the cloud, SLAs usually span many jurisdictions, with often varying applicable legal requirements, in particular with respect to the protection of the personal data hosted in the cloud service. Furthermore different cloud services and deployment models will require different approaches to SLAs, adding to the complexity of SLAs.

Standards for Security

The European Commission has recently stated that widespread adoption of cloud computing would be crucial for improving productivity levels in the European economy, and that Europe should aim to be the world’s leading “trusted cloud region.” However, people are concerned and security in the cloud remains one of the largest barriers to the cloud.

Have your say on the future of cloud standards

Monday, 13 April, 2015 - 10:15
The Cloud Standards Coordination (CSC) has just launched a new survey and is asking current and future Cloud Customers in the private and public sectors, SMEs as well as large organizations in all vertical sectors. Other stakeholders from the entire Cloud Computing ecosystem (e.g. Cloud Computing providers) are also invited to answer. The survey collects feedback from the Cloud Computing community in terms of needs, objectives, challenges and areas of concerns in typical Cloud Computing scenarios, and to evaluate the perceived maturity of Cloud Computing standards.

OGF Cloud-related Standards

The Open Grid Forum is an open global community committed to driving the rapid evolution and adoption of modern advanced applied distributed computing, including cloud, grid and associated storage, networking and workflow methods. The output products that result from this process codify best practices and standards that provide the basis for some of the largest and most powerful operational computing infrastructure systems in the world.

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