The Open Cloud Manifesto was officially unveiled today with the support of a long list of top tier and startup tech companies. But, ironically, support for the document calling for the creation of an open and interoperable cloud computing platform was dropped by Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF).
Read the manifesto: Open Cloud Manifesto
The six-page document, the existence of which was initially leaked and slammed by a Microsoft blog post last Thursday, calls on vendors to "ensure that the challenges to cloud adoption (security, integration, portability, interoperability, governance/management, metering/monitoring) are addressed through open standards."
Among the companies that appeared as signatories to the manifesto were Akamai Technologies Inc., a Web application company; Elastra Corp., a San Francisco-based cloud computing firm; GoGrid Cloud Hosting, a ServePath LLC service; IBM Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., VMWare Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., EMC Corp., SAP AG, Advance Micro Devices Inc., Novell Inc. and other tech companies.
Not on the list of signatories were: Microsoft Corp., which has its own Azure cloud computing platform; Amazon.com Inc., known for its Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) service; and Google Inc.
On Monday, Reuven Cohen, founder and chief technologist of Enomaly Inc., a Toronto-based cloud computing start up, CCIF member and one of the leading proponents of the manifesto, told IT World Canada that the CCIF has pulled its support for the document.
"Perhaps the biggest news today is that, ironically, the CCIF did not endorse it," Cohen said.
"I personally remain committed to the contents of the manifesto, but the CCIF's name will not appear as a signatory," he said.
He said members of the interoperability group had misgivings over the manifesto authors' failure to seek the consensus of the group before releasing the document. "The objection was not with the contents of the document but the way it came together," Cohen said.
In his blog Elastic Vapor, Cohen explained further: "The decision comes with a great pain as we fully endorse the document contents and its principles of a truly open cloud. However, this community has issued a mandate of openness and fair process, loudly and clearly, and so the CCIF can not in good faith endorse this document.
"Knowing what we know now, we certainly would have lobbied harder to open the document to the forum before this uproar ensued."