As the momentum surrounding OpenStack, CloudStack and other open cloud computing platforms accelerates, there are increasing needs at many enterprises for certification and validation of services, standards, and guarantees of interoperability. We are starting to see cloud computing reference architectures arrive from players such as HP, and interoperability labs focused on determining which cloud tools work together properly.
As these services and standards bodies take shape, the recently formed Open Cloud Alliance is an organization to watch. Created by Univention and IBM, the OCA is a network of providers, software vendors, and system integrators focused on establishing common open source standards that give companies choice in their applications and providers.
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