TM Forum Brings 'Sanity' to SP Clouds

The TM Forum 's Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council on Wednesday issued the first of an upcoming series of requirements documents designed to define business and technical aspects of cloud computing based on enterprise needs. (See TM Forum Expands Enterprise Input on Cloud).

With service providers tripping over themselves to roll out cloud computing, the ECLC is attempting to bring some sanity to the process, including direct input from enterprises on their needs and standards that will prevent enterprises from being locked into one network operator for cloud services.

TM Forum also announced seven new members to the organization, adding two new verticals -- aerospace and advertising.

Why this matters
As one of the new ECLC members, Jim Brennan, managing director of McCann Worldgroup's SPLIT Cloud practice, noted in a prepared statement that the rapid movement of carriers into the cloud services arena has produced "a jumble of products and vendors [that] have complicated Cloud implementation, leading to confusion and intimidation, rather than utility or ROI."

The ECLC, which is part of the TM Forum's broader Cloud Strategies Initiative group, will give service providers direction and make sure there are standards and best practices driven by enterprise customers' needs, and not solely by the service providers themselves, says Matthew Edwards, director of the initiative.

"As we are moving forward and defining it, we are starting to realize there isn't one cloud or one business model that fits every organization, but multiple cloud models," Edwards says. "The ECLC will provide business and technical requirements of multiple enterprise customers within multiple verticals."

The ECLC has already produced more than 150 business and technical requirements and those are being prioritized and will be issued in a series of requirements documents, the first of which was published today. The “Enterprise-Grade External Compute IaaS Requirements” provides basic requirements and definitions, including a business case for computing infrastructure as a service, enterprise requirements, common terminology and sample use cases.

"Momentum behind cloud services is going to continue -- the key for us is to make sure standards and best practices follow that momentum or we are going to end up with a whole lot of proprietary solutions that don't talk to each other," and a lack of both interoperability and portability for users, Edwards says.

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— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:14:26 PM
re: TM Forum Brings 'Sanity' to SP Clouds

So -- the TM Forum is going to simplify the cloud by producing ONE HUNDRED FIFTY documents???

cnwedit 12/5/2012 | 5:14:25 PM
re: TM Forum Brings 'Sanity' to SP Clouds

I see where you are going with this, but in fairness to the TM Forum and the ECLC, the 150 figure refers to the number of requirements the enterprise group produced, and those will be consolidated into a much smaller number of documents.

geoff devlin 12/5/2012 | 5:14:05 PM
re: TM Forum Brings 'Sanity' to SP Clouds

The TM Forum's ECLC document, 'Enterprise-grade External Compute IaaS' is one document that lists approximateley 150 business and technical requirements for the delivery and management of a virtual private cloud. The last thing the market place needs is another 150 documents! It is the intention of the ECLC to produce Enterprise Customer driven documents that address their requirements for Cloud Services; future requirements will be focused on Virtual Desktop, Database-as-a-Service and more.

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