On 15 March 2011 Robert Madelin, Director-General, DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission opened Cloudscape III with a Call to Action in support of the EC's Cloud computing strategy with emphasis on the role of our SIENA initiative: “the potential benefits of cloud computing in business, public services and scientific research are widely recognised. Efforts like the SIENA standardisation roadmap will be very useful in making these benefits materialise”.
With over 30 speakers and panellists, 25 use cases and position papers and a first iteration of the SIENA standardisation Roadmap, Cloudscape III has brought a 360° overview on the Cloud computing landscape, covering benefits for enterprise, research and government alongside challenges spanning scalability, data movement, ownership and privacy, security and legal issues, openness and interoperability.
Some Expert View highlights
“More emphasis needs to be placed on best practices, reference implementations, testing and demos. Extending joint work on standards and educating people on Cloud at the right time, especially graduates as the next generation of ICT workers, are both very important steps.” Vincent Franceschini, Hitachi Data Systems, SNIA and a long-standing SIENA Expert.
“Use cases are a lingua franca in the dialogue between customers and vendors, helping to define the steps needed to respond to their interoperability requirements". Gregg Brown, Microsoft.
“Implementation and deployment need to be in parallel with the development of standards, building on experiences and a knowledge base with testing along the way as standards evolve”. Dawn Leaf, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S.
“To ensure progress is made, we need to bring on board all the stakeholders at every stage of the process. Funding agencies and initiatives like SIENA play a key role in making that happen. SIENA will be taking on board the main conclusions of Cloudscape as it drives the production of its Roadmap on Grid and Cloud Standards for e-Science and Beyond in synergy with a committed team of experts that is truly international in scope with representatives from standards groups, business and scientific communities.” Martin Walker, Independent Consultant and Chair of the SIENA Roadmap Editorial Board.