IBM Joins Cloud Standards Customer Council

April 14, 2011

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IBM Joins Cloud Standards Customer Council

By samdizzy

As IBM continues to bang the drum for its SmartCloud initiative, Big Blue has also positioned itself as a founding sponsor of the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC). The end-user advocacy group will strive to accelerate the cloud’s adoption — focusing on standards, security and interoperability issues. The Council will be headed by Object Management Group (OMG), an international, open membership and non-profit computer industry consortium since 1989.

“Our standard for the cloud is that it has to be open and it has to be run by clients,” said IBM Senior VP Robert LeBlanc. CA, Kaavo, Rackspace and Software AG are joining IBM as CSCC founding sponsors. So far, Lockheed Martin, Citigroup and North Carolina State University — along with companies that OMG calls “the world’s leading organizations” have already joined the CSCC.

The CSCC’s goal is to give voice to customers — both large corporations and small businesses — who have specific requests as to what they want to see in their cloud server. Two ways the Council plans to do this:

  1. Driving client requirements into the development process to gain acceptance from the Global 2000.

  2. Deliver customer-focused content in the form of best practices, patterns, case studies, use cases, and standards road maps.

Here’s what IBM Vice President of Software Standards Angel Diaz had to say about the new CRCC through an OMG Press Release:

“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. 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.”

Here’s the website again for those interested in learning more about what the CSCC has to offer:

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