Open Cloud Computing Manifesto: Much Ado About Nothing


So apparently a group of technologists and vendors working under the cloak of digital darkness drew out a pentagram and locked arms as they called out to Cthulhu to manifest and drive out those that would oppose their ultimate aims of total and complete world domination. Domination brought about through a set of cloud computing solutions that would revolutionize antiquated IT infrastructures and deliver agility, scalability, and operational efficiencies through an open platform at a really, really good price.  Blood was spilled, virgins were killed, and apparently an “open” cloud-computing manifesto was drafted.

This caused great angst among those that were not included in the drafting of or even reviewing of said “open” manifesto, such as Amazon and Microsoft, who happened to kick off the controversy with this post from the Windows Azure PM (here). Steve Martin, no not the one that has been on SNL like 47 times, noted the irony of a closed group secretly drafting an open standard without even naming those involved, distributing the manifesto or – and this would be the real issue – not including Microsoft. I will refrain from noting the irony of Microsoft noting the irony of a standard being developed in secret while purporting it to be open though. I think we can all agree that Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, and any other 800lb technology gorilla have never, would never, and could never do such things…

So anyway back to the controversy that sparked a tsunami of emails (here), blogs (here), tweets, and news items (here), (here), (here) – oh hell just Google the damn thing (here). Based on the blog post from Microsoft and various cries of impropriety the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF) responded by acknowledging the existence of the “Open” cloud-computing manifesto and announcing that it would be released (unleashed) unto the world on Monday. It will completely revolutionize discuss some options on how we develop and deploy talk about cloud-computing technology in the context of agile, real-time infrastructures like a big warm digital hug. From ElastivVapor – Reuven Cohen’s blog (here)…

Our goal is to draft a document that clearly states we (including dozens of supporting companies) believe that like the Internet, the cloud itself should be open. The manifesto does not speak to application code or licensing but instead to the fundamental principles that the Internet was founded upon – an open platform available to all. It is a call to action for the worldwide cloud community to get involved and embrace the principles of the open cloud.

On a side note ever since Ted Kaczynski (here), mathematician, neo-Luddite social critic, and all around crazy, had his manifesto “Industrial Society and It’s Future” published in the Washington Post I have had a hard time taking anything named manifesto seriously. Coincidentally rumor has it that the “Open” cloud-computing manifesto was drafted in an outhouse in the backwoods of Montana, but that is neither here nor there.

In all seriousness we should applaud the efforts of a group of people trying to bring some clarity to what is quickly becoming one of the most hyped technology movements since Al Gore invented the Internet even if they did it in secret and called it “open”. And of course we would all benefit from an “open” platform, but the reality is that in all the history of forever standards have been very difficult to define and adhere to unless there is an economically attractive component to their openness and we can overcome the competitive desire to not be open. At the end of the day I really doubt that anything that is published in this manifesto will be earth shaking, revolutionary or even controversial, in fact most will probably read it and think “hmm that’s it – so what?” – but let’s reserve judgment for the actual release which will be posted at some point in the not too distant future (here). In the meantime take a deep breath and move on – there’s nothing to see here.

Update: The Open cloud-Computing Manifesto can be found (here) – it’s a yawner folks!

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