30 March 2009

Manifesto embargo lifted: Google dropped out, private cloud introduced

Now that the embargo has lifted at 12:01AM articles like IBM Twisting Arms In Support Of 'Open' Cloud Computing (IBM) (and a bunch of pre-prepared puffery) are starting to appear, revealing that Google was one of an undisclosed number of signatories to drop out along the way. It's also been revealed that half of the companies it was forwarded to rejected it outright.

More revealing though was publication of an old version 1.0.4 of the manifesto (1.0.9 was leaked and there may be more changes between it and opencloudmanifesto.org, also just revealed). Here's some of the highlights that reveal points of contention that had not already been resolved between 1.0.0 and 1.0.4, essentially proving that this is in fact a Private Cloud Manifesto:
  • Audience: Changed from "CIOs and other business leaders" to "CIOs, governments, IT users and business leaders" and "vendors" became "providers"
  • Private cloud: Pronouncement injected into definition: "The cloud architecture itself can be private (hosted within an organization’s firewall) or public (hosted on the Internet)."
  • Scalability on Demand: Previously "the cloud can [scale]", now "cloud technologies (both private and public) can [scale]" and "artificially high level of resources to handle peak demands" became "multiple sets of artificially high levels of resources to handle peak demands" (!?!)
  • Streamlining the Data Center: "The vast majority of the hardware, software, personnel and energy costs are borne by the cloud vendor, freeing an organization’s resources for other projects" (redacted)
  • Minimizing Startup Costs: "[costs] borne by the cloud vendor" became "[costs]borne by the cloud provider, whether the cloud is private or public". (!?!)
  • Data and Application PortabilityInteroperability: Previously "bringing systems back in-house" would "require the organization to replicate the cloud vendor’s environment or change the system to use their own environment". Now it's just "difficult and expensive".
  • The Goals of an Open Cloud: Disclaimer about differentiating between public and private clouds redacted.
  • Principles of an Open Cloud: Private cloud pronouncement about "many clouds" being "different" added: "Of course, many clouds will continue to be different in a number of important ways, providing unique value for organizations. It is not our intention to form standards for every capability in the cloud and create a single homogeneous cloud environment."
  • Principle #1: "Challenges [must be] addressed through open standards" are now "addressed through open collaboration and the appropriate use of standards".
  • Principle #2: Lock-in to "particular platforms" became "particular platforms and limiting their choice of providers".
The first batch of news reports is uglier than expected too:
Anyway it's not like this hasn't happened before...

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