Cloud computing technologies have become a reality for many companies and organizations, especially in the US. The benefits of cloud adoption have been widely discussed for years and most of the IT managers are familiar with most of them.
Still, the questions related to a deployment of a corresponding cloud model and choosing the right vendor are still specific to each organization. As cloud computing is still in its infancy there are many general questions that need to be answered.
There are many standards that regulate the use and deployment of cloud computing systems but some managers might still find it difficult to understand and apply them.
Even though many studies have confirmed that companies generally do understand and use cloud computing there are many of those that still hesitate to adopt it. Due to its relatively short existence in the business world, it is impossible to track some long-term experiences with cloud technology; therefore it is somewhat reasonable that many organizations still doubt the cloud.
This is why the conditions of shifting to cloud technology and the rules within RFPs and SLAs have to be standardized. Cloud standards are there to ensure that collaboration between a provider and a client is beneficial for both, as well as to facilitate choosing an appropriate vendor. The abundance of cloud providers, terms and conditions can cause much confusion among the clients, especially if they are still not sure about the long-term impact such a business model can bring to them.
Cloud Standards by CA Technologies
An efficient response to the questions about existing and possible future standards recently came in the form of a book that summarizes them, thus providing an insight into the current state of cloud standards. The book in question is recently published by CA Technologies Cloud Standards and it is the first publication that discusses cloud standards in so much detail. The book contains information about the most important existing standards and it also discusses the gaps where new solutions could be added.
The book promises to help readers identify the standards that are most appropriate to apply for their particular business. Everybody from developers and cloud systems architects to IT executives can benefit from reading Cloud Standards in that they will be able to better understand cloud computing and everything related to it.
The author is Marvin Wasche, a senior principal software architect who works on cloud projects within CA Technologies. His long experience with cloud computing systems and the interest in cloud standards make this book a comprehensive source of many important things related to the cloud. Here the readers can learn both theoretical and practical sides of the cloud and they will be able to: analyze the cloud standards and adapt them to their business; learn about the connection of the cloud and the internet; learn why the cloud is essential in contemporary business and how it affects development of IT in general.