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.
Check out previous TM Forum actions on cloud computing:
- Software Sands Are Shifting
- Mgmt World: Vendor Caution Overshadows the Cloud
- Management World: Making Sense of the Cloud
— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading