Standards for a trusted cloud

Standardisation is seen as a strong enabler, bringing more confidence to users, especially SMEs. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the lack of control, interoperability and portability, which are central to avoiding vendor lock-in, whether at the technical, service delivery or business level, and want broader choice and greater clarity.

Benefits of open standards

Open standards can protect consumers and are one of the most important means used to bring new technologies to the market. From a consumer’s point of view, uptake and even enforcement of public open standards offers a number of benefits over industry standards due to impartial public copyrights and associated IPR policies. As a consequence, public open standards offer protection from vendor lock-in and licensing issues, therefore avoiding significant migration costs if not provided.


A free guide to cloud standards

CloudWATCH is proactively supporting standards adoption and has compiled a cloud standard guide which gives information on the main cloud standards for portability, interoperability and security. CloudWATCH has also identified the main areas where standards are missing.

A major objective of CloudWATCH is to identify a metholodology for establishing cloud standards profiles around the federation of cloud services. CloudWATCH has delivered 3 straw man cloud standard profiles based on a portfolio of European and international use cases covering technical, policy and legal requirements

This page contains all related standards profile work as well as more information on the benefits of standards adoption.

Best practices for Cloud standards profile development

Standard profiles provide a clarification and constriction of a set of standards for a given application domain. The purpose of this report to provide a summary of the specific cloud standards profile activities undertaken, based on that present a best practices methodology for initiating and overseeing the development of Cloud standards profiles that should be implemented.
Hence, this report addressed the following topics:

Standards and standardisation handbook

This guide has been prepared for participants and prospective participants in EU-funded research projects and other research projects to help them identify, and make informed choices about, opportunities to use standardization for disseminating and/or implementing relevant outputs from their project. In addition to providing an overview of standards (sometimes referred to as ‘documentary standards’ to differentiate them from metrological standards) and the vital roles they play in modern society. The guide will help users:

Standards and Cloud: The Quest for a Magic Formula - 12 December 2012

The Cloud in Practice Programme is aimed at gathering the experts most likely to help set up successful cloud operations. The first workshop on 12 December 2012 addressed the issue of standards. The Commission pointed out that a successful cloud in Europe must serve the main objectives of the Digital Agenda and fit existing and future legal frameworks concerned. Three drivers in particular will inform this success: standards and certification; contracts; procurement.