IT professional association and standards group the IEEE has started a cloud computing initiative that it expects to be a "catalyst for innovation" in the area.
The group launched the Cloud Computing Initiative along with two standards development projects, the IEEE P2301 Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles and the IIEEE P2302 Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation.
The IEEE's backing as a global standards organisation will help drive cloud innovation and give development a good foundation, according to the group.
"Cloud computing today is very much akin to the nascent internet - a disruptive technology and business model that is primed for explosive growth and rapid transformation," said Steve Diamond, chairman of the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative.
"But without a flexible, common framework for interoperability, innovation could become stifled, leaving us with a siloed ecosystem. By leveraging its uniquely deep and broad technological resources and expertise, the IEEE is helping to minimise fragmentation and ensure that cloud computing realises its full potential."
The IEEE has also formed two working groups to support the new standards. These will provide information on progressing and live standards in areas ranging from interoperability to portability and management and applicable file formats.
The first development project, on the IEEE P2301 standard, will work as a roadmap for vendors, service providers and other stakeholders. Once finished it will be a tool for IT buyers who want to ensure that chosen systems and services can be used across their business and throughout the wider industry.
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