Open Cloud Connect Promotes Standards to Spur Cloud Computing Growth
NEWS ANALYSIS: Of all of the challenges standing in the way of global cloud computing adoption, finding a common interface standard is one of the most important.TIBURON, Calif.—Imagine a shopping trip without some basic product standards. You go to a store such as Walmart to buy a table lamp to brighten a dark corner in your home. But before you can plug the lamp into the wall, you must first purchase the proper power plug, then strip the ends of the power cord, wrap the bared ends around the proper terminals on the plug and then plug it into a power outlet in the wall. But before you can actually switch on that lamp, you must also purchase a light bulb and possibly even manually wire it into the lamp. There was a time early in the days of electric services when you had to do that if you wanted a lamp for your home or office. Fortunately, standard plugs and receptacles were developed a century or so ago, and in most cases, products that met those standards were available. But even today, there's not really a set of global standards for a wide range of electrical devices, as you've certainly found if you've tried to use your cell phone charger in the United States and Europe where plug types and voltages still differ.
I was talking with Angus Robertson about such standards during a lunch break at the 2015 Cloud Innovation Summit held here on April 24. Robertson is co-chair of the marketing committee of Open Cloud Connect, an industry alliance that's trying to do for cloud services what a standard plug did for electrical appliances.