In an earlier blog, I posted an analysis
of the "open standards" effort in cloud computing, and the opposition coming from Microsoft. Yesterday, 30Mar09, IBM, Sun Microsystems & other collaborators released specifics on a proposed interoperability architecture which they dub the "cloud manifesto"
. Noteworthy as no-shows are Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Salesforce, and CCIF (Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum). Some analysts express concern that Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Salesforce probably hold a great deal of real-world cloud computing sway and are too central to the conversation to be left out. Though the goal of interoperability is manifestly laudable, we now wait to see if the performance can live up to the desire.