IT vendors such as Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and EMC have joined the Enterprise Cloud Buyers Council, a group created by TM Forum to remove the challenges that are making it difficult for the larger enterprises to adopt cloud computing. Also on the council are CA, Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T. Cloud computing holds a lot of promise, according to TM Forum, but challenges around such issues as security and privacy will hinder adoption.
A new industry coalition comprising the likes of Cisco Systems, IBM,
EMC and Microsoft will try to remove some of the key barriers for
enterprises looking to embrace cloud computing.
At the Management World Americas conference in Orlando, Fla., Dec.
8, the industry group TM Forum announced the creation of the ECBC
(Enterprise Cloud Buyers Council), part of a larger initiative designed
to create an ecosystem of the largest IT vendors and telecommunications
companies in the cloud services space.
The ECBC is tasked with understanding the needs of the largest
enterprises and addressing the top challenges to adopting a cloud
Industry analysts are expecting cloud computing to rapidly grow in importance
businesses look for ways to improve their delivery of services while
reducing IT capital and operational costs. Research firm Gartner in
March predicted that global cloud services revenue will grow to more
than $56.3 billion this year-compared to $46.4 billion in 2008-and
increase to $150.1 billion in 2013.
That said, there are several issues that will hold back adoption
until they're addressed. Forrester Research said in a report this month
that in a survey of businesses in North America and Europe, 49 percent
of respondents from enterprises and 51 from SMBs said security and
privacy concerns were the primary reasons for not using cloud computing.
"The demand for cloud services holds significant potential for the
industry, and it's just at the start of its evolution," Keith Willetts,
chairman and CEO of TM Forum, said in a statement. "However, there are
a number of barriers that must be overcome before cloud can become a
Included in the ECBC are Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, AT&T, British
Telecom, CA, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia Siemens Networks, Telecom Italia
and Telstra. Also participating are industry organizations DMTF
(Distributed Management Task Force) and itSMF (Information Technology
Senior Management Forum), as well as enterprise buyers Commonwealth
Bank of Australia and Deutsche Bank.
The group will work to understand the needs of enterprise buyers and
will launch specific work programs to address various issues, including
cloud security issues, cloud-to-cloud interoperability, and cloud
network performance and latency issues.
In a report Dec. 1, Gartner analysts said that through at least 2012, organizations will spend more money on private cloud deployments
than on putting workloads on public clouds, such as Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud).
Eventually businesses will use a combination of the two in a hybrid cloud fashion, the analysts said.