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Cloud Computing – Is it Possible to Assign a Standard?

The Lack of Standardization is the Biggest Stumbling Block of Cloud Computing

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Cloud Computing – Is it Possible to Assign a Standard?

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Cloud computing, as you are aware, is a relatively new technology that is just gaining steam. Companies of all shapes and sizes are now beginning to understand the true potential of this technology and are considering adopting it in their establishments. While this could work out beneficial for everyone concerned, there is also the problem of standardization in the cloud. Of course, there are now many SROs or Standards Development Organizations in existence today, which are engaged in creating standards for cloud computing. However, is it really possible to assign a standard in the cloud? Will these organizations succeed in their venture?

Ever-Changing Technology

Because cloud computing is so new, it is rapidly evolving, which means, it is always changing its look and feel. However, the case is also true with all types of technology available today. The desktop computer was once the mainstay for everyone. Then came along the Internet, which lead to a tremendous boom in technology. The next introduction was that of mobile phones and ultimately, smartphones and other mobile devices such as tablets, which help us compute as we commute.

Technology is a dynamic field and so, all these aspects of technology continue to undergo rapid evolution and change. Yet, each of these ever-changing elements has also had certain standards of functioning. After all, it is the standards that help make decisions.

Factors Discouraging the Adoption of Cloud Computing

  • The present lack of standards, combined with the fear of present technology growing obsolete all too soon, is what discourages most business establishments from adopting cloud computing technology. Unless the proper infrastructure is laid out, switching to newer technologies can prove to be too expensive a proposition for companies, especially the smaller ones.

  • Cloud computing is not entirely without standards either. It does use certain Internet standards, protocols and programming interfaces. Sadly, though, the standards for configuration and management of these aspects are missing yet.

  • Thirdly, there is no facility yet to integrate cloud services into the existing IT milieu today; as also to exchange information between multiple clouds. The lack of proper standards also makes it difficult, if not impossible, for customers to select the right vendor for their needs.

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

IEEE Standards – Helping Standardize Technology

It is imperative to assign standards to something, in order to gauge its performance in the future. This is true of cloud computing as well. IEEE P2301 is a standard, which consists of a set of profiles, publications, guidelines and other standards, which are gathered from several organizations. At present, it is working on providing profiles of the current cloud computing standards in many vital areas such as application, management, portability, file formats and so on.

The IEEE P2301 aims to create an intuitive directory for cloud vendors and service providers, which would be capable of addressing different types of cloud issues and target audiences. Once done, this standard will enable them to develop and build cloud computing products and services, which comply with the stipulated standards; thereby facilitating homogeneity and portability across the entire industry.

This standard will help develop some sort of scaling among cloud service providers, which would go on to make the entire process transparent and interoperable to end-users.

Looking Toward the Future

The above-mentioned problems notwithstanding, cloud computing is undoubtedly the future of technology. It is bound to change everything in its wake. Offering high-speed connectivity and rapid deployment across a vast range of mobile devices, this technology is poised to take the entire mobile industry by storm. However, in the absence of a common framework for functioning, it would become impossible for this technology to grow, evolve and flourish.

Cloud computing today, is somewhat like the Internet of the yesteryears. It had taken tremendous effort and resources to standardize that medium. This technology is also likely to go through the same process. While some standards may become permanent, others may turn redundant over a period of time.

Ultimately, however, cloud computing standards will emerge, in order to address the present challenges it is facing in the market, as also to solve issues in the future, as and when they arrive. The development of these standards would be vital to the growth of this technology in the future.

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