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The Need for Standardization in Cloud Computing – The Issues

Posted 7 November 2016 / By Matt Carolan / VMware

1Since its inception, cloud computing has become a very popular approach for many organizations. With its increased popularity, various business entities have observed that the rapid growth is a recipe for failure of the cloud-computing standards. With the lack of standardization in cloud computing, the use of it might become harder in the future. Thus, the need for standardization is vital. There are many issues that can crop up due to the lack of standards. Moreover, you will find that the lack of enough security standard is reducing the quality of cloud computing and creating new issues regarding data privacy and encryption.
Many firms consider the lack of cloud computing standards as a potential reason to refuse to adopt any cloud services. Today, you will find that there is only one cloud standard, the OVF (Open Virtualization Format) by VMware, which is mainly for mobility of virtual machines. But it does not provide a solution to all could cloud computing problems on its own. What all cloud computing users want is a cloud API that must be implemented on all cloud products and services to provide transparency. And this would really increase the confidence of cloud computing users.

Standardization Issues

2To ensure complete interoperability, there is a need to have specific cloud application and services in order to allow the translation from one cloud computing platform to another easily. Without standardization, this is not possible. Key standardization issues mainly involve virtualization that has a vital role in cloud computing. Once there is virtualization flexibility, cloud providers will be able to reduce their workloads on hardware resources. This will enable any users to connect to storage services without the need of knowing about the servers’ names and other info.
Similarly, cloud computing systems that are using different hypervisors would not be able to interoperate, since they will not be within the same data formats. The cloud platforms will not be able to work together since their VMs don’t operate in the same standards.
Without the proper standardization, there will be a need to create a new VM on the 2nd platform and also, reinstall all the applications when transferring workloads from a particular cloud computing platform to another. These will require a lot of time and effort, especially if the client is a large scale firm. Although there are a number of standardization efforts, some challenges still make it difficult for vendors to decide which steps to follow and which one to avoid.

Matt Carolan
Over 15 years working in the IT industry worldwide.
Today Matt is known for his work consulting in the Cloud Space as a Solution Architect with Softchoice. The opinions expressed by Matt represent his own and not those of Softchoice.

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