Cloud Standards Mapping

Consumer awareness and concerns over issues such as lack of control, lack of standards, lack of integration, and lack of return on investment (RoI) on total cost of ownership (TCO). As hybrid IT environments are forming organically, consumers are expressing increasing requirements around monitoring, management and transparency, interoperability and portability, integration, open APIs, and open source.

Standards are crucial for enabling interoperability and secure, trusted clouds, and thereby increase confidence and uptake. Moreover, standards are one of the most important means to bring new technologies to market. By transferring research findings into guidance documents, standards provide a bridge connecting research to industry. This connectivity is critical to successful commercialisation and meeting growing consumer demands for more standards in cloud computing to address fears over issues such as lack of control, security and vendor lock-in.

CloudWATCH2 responds to this by mapping and analysing standards implementation in the context of European research and innovation projects. The aim is to gain clarification on the value created from standards implementation for interoperability and security.

CloudWATCH2 will analyse the status of standardisation efforts assessing the extent to which cloud standards ensure greater flexibility, offer cloud providers a unique selling point and impact on wider implementation within both EU research and the wider context.

This assessment will link back to consumer concerns and the level of choice and freedom afforded to them. Gaps in the cloud landscape will also be identified.

Results will be published in a cloud standards catalogue in late 2017.