After eight months of internal consultation, enterprise heavyweights including National Australia Bank and Lockheed Martin have released standardised usage models to guide public cloud adoption.
The models, developed by the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), define the IT requirements necessary for public cloud adoption, identifying what innovations are necessary to ensure transparency, widespread adoption and security.
"Security in the cloud is the biggest challenge to adoption," said Matthew Eastwood, group vice president, Enterprise Platform Research at IDC.
"With the risk of breaches, value of brand and potential penalties imposed by regulators on the line, this is driving many enterprises to stall the use of cloud services."
The ODCA has made initial engagements with standards bodies and vendors to ensure the usage models will follow necessary standards. Of those consulted, the Cloud Security Association will drive standards definitions for security requirements.
If the usage models are adopted, ODCA expects they will reduce annual IT costs by $25 billion within five years and encourage $50 billion in cloud services innovation.
The publications are available online.
There are over 280 members of the ODCA. Other companies included on the alliance's steering committee include BMW, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, National Australia Bank and UBS.