Lock-in bad, openness good for cloud

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This past Friday, I posted a Manifesto on “the” Manifesto (those of you who know me and read my posts or follow me on Twitter know which manifesto I’m talking about; if you don’t, you can read it here).

Yesterday the Open Cloud Manifesto was *officially* made public. We think it represents a great opportunity for the industry and we’re proud to support it.

The making of the manifesto (a made-for-DVD extra if there ever was one) generated a lot of discussion.  Good. As an industry we should be talking. Together, we’re at the very heart of where the IT industry is heading. We’re building the foundation for the future of IT (yes, that sounds a bit over the top, but I do believe that the cloud — in its many forms — will drive computing for many years to come).

Yes, we are going to compete…and compete aggressively. But history has shown that customers win when competition is conducted on a level playing field — a field based on openness and industry standards. We’ve seen it with the Internet.  We’re seeing it again with cloud computing.

I encourage you to read the manifesto and engage in the discussion to make it stronger. If you are a member of the cloud community, it is your responsibility to do what you can to improve it (the Manifesto and the community) for all. If you are a customer working with a cloud computing vendor, ask your them if they support the principles undergirding the manifesto, if not the Manifesto itself.

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