OMG Announces Cloud Standards
CA, IBM, Kaavo, Rackspace and Software AG are
Founding Sponsors of CSCC
Needham, MA, USA - April 7, 2011 - OMG® today announced
the formation of the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC).
OMG is also announcing that CA, IBM, Kaavo, Rackspace and
Software AG have joined the CSCC as Founding Sponsors. The
Cloud Standards Customer Council is an end user advocacy
group dedicated to accelerating cloud's successful adoption,
and drilling down into the standards, security and
interoperability issues surrounding the transition to the
cloud. For more information on the CSCC, visit http://www.cloud-council.org/.
More than 45 of the world's leading organizations
including Lockheed Martin, Citigroup and North Carolina
State University have already joined the Cloud Standards
Customer Council. The Council will provide cloud users with
the opportunity to drive client requirements into standards
development organizations and deliver materials such as best
practices and use cases to assist other enterprises.
The Council will complement existing cloud standards
efforts and establish a core set of client-driven
requirements to ensure cloud users will have the same
freedom of choice, flexibility, and openness they have with
traditional IT environments. The Cloud Standards Customer
Council is open to all end-user organizations. The group
will work to lower the barriers for widespread adoption of
Cloud Computing by helping to prioritize key
Interoperability issues such as cloud management, reference
architecture, hybrid clouds, as well as security and
The Cloud Standards Customer Council will:
- Drive customer requirements into the development
process to gain acceptance by the Global 2000
- Deliver customer-focused content in the form of best
practices, patterns, case studies, use cases, and
- Influence the standards development process for new
- Facilitate the exchange of real-world stories,
practices, lessons and insights.
"End users confront the challenges of implementing
cloud on a daily basis. The Cloud Standards Customer Council
will bring together these cloud veterans into a community
where they can discover and disseminate best practices for
moving to and managing the cloud and help to drive standards
across industry, both to end-users and vendors to bring down
costs and increase choice," said Richard Mark Soley,
Ph.D., chairman & CEO, OMG.
"To make Open Cloud successful and reflective of
real business needs, IBM is asking for client feedback
regarding their direction and priorities around cloud
standards development," said Angel Diaz, vice
president, IBM Software Standards. "This council is
designed to focus on the reality of what provides the
greatest cloud computing benefits for clients. Ultimately,
this effort is about how organizations can use what they
have today and extend their business - using open standards
- to get the greatest benefits from cloud."
"We are thrilled to work with the Cloud Standards
Customer Council and leading global organizations to help
drive customer requirements into the development of industry
standards for cloud computing," said Jamal Mazhar,
Founder and CEO of Kaavo. "With perspective from the
changing cloud landscape and by collaborating with CSCC, we
can help shape best practices that result in real-world
value for thousands of companies."
"Rackspace is always working to create new ways to
gain customers feedback so we can provide fanatical support.
The cloud standards customer council provides us a venue to
follow customers leads on the open cloud," said Mark
Interrante, Vice President Cloud Products, Rackspace.
Membership is free for qualified end-user organizations.
The membership application is available at http://www.cloud-council.org/application.
Vendors may join as sponsors. For membership or sponsorship
questions, contact Ken Berk at firstname.lastname@example.org
or +1-781-444 0404.
OMG® is an international, open membership,
not-for-profit computer industry consortium helping IT
end-users and vendors agree on best practices, standards
& business-technology integration worldwide. OMG's
Communities of Interest feature ongoing discussions of
management & business best practices in many areas; OMG
Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a
wide range of technologies and an even wider range of
industries. For more information, visit www.omg.org.
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