Securing the Cloud, Preventing Lock-in - Are Open Cloud Standards the Answer?

  • TYPE: Combined Session DATE: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 TIME: 14:00-15:00 LOCATION: Alpsee



Vendors are making massive investments into cloud computing, but beware... they are doing so for a reason. In many cases the reason is they see an opportunity to take a leading position which leads to larger lock-in and higher pricing power. Will the cloud lead us back to the time where powerful mega-vendors offered complete closed stacks - from hardware to applications? Or will it be an open competitive market with low switching cost as intended by Adam Smith. In this session we examine some risks that will play in the cloud and how current standardization efforts will improve competition.


Gary Thompson is the Co-founder and CEO of CLOUD, Inc. (, a non-profit technology standard consortia founded in March 2009 and based in Austin, Texas. CLOUD has been featured as a keynote speaker at SWIFT's annual Sibos conference in October 2010 in Amsterdam and will be...

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