On Monday, an 'Open Cloud Manifesto' will be published. It appears that
Microsoft will not be a signatory, and the major cloud player Amazon has also
given it a cool reception.
The manifesto was co-authored by Reuven Cohen
from the Toronto-based cloud provider Enomaly. Although the precise terms of the
manifesto will only become apparent with its draft publication on Monday, Cohen
summed up its nature in a blog post:
The manifesto does not speak to application code or
licensing but instead to the fundamental principles that the Internet was
founded upon--an open platform available to all. It is a call to action for the
worldwide cloud community to get involved and embrace the principles of the open
Earlier, Steven Martin, a development platform
product manager for Microsoft, said in
his own blog post that Microsoft would not be signing up.
the concept," Martin wrote. "We strongly support an open, collaborative
discussion with customers, analysts and other vendors regarding the direction
and principles of cloud computing."
However, Martin wrote, Microsoft was
"disappointed by the lack of openness in the development of the Cloud
"What we heard was that there was no desire to discuss, much
less implement, enhancements to the document despite the fact that we have
learned through direct experience," Martin wrote. "Very recently we were
privately shown a copy of the document, warned that it was a secret, and told
that it must be signed 'as is,' without modifications or additional
Microsoft's Martin concluded that "any 'manifesto' should be
created, from its inception, through an open mechanism like a Wiki, for public
debate and comment, all available through a Creative Commons
Cohen then posted two more blog posts on the subject, the
first expressing surprise at Microsoft's "pre-announcement" of the
manifesto, and the
second, on Friday, thanking Microsoft for publicizing the
Then Amazon, arguably the biggest player right now in the
cloud computing scene, weighed in. A spokeswoman for the provider told ZDNet Asia's sister site ZDNet.com
that Amazon had "just recently heard about the manifesto document" and had
reviewed it. Beyond that, she did not give any firm commitments.
do believe standards will continue to evolve in the cloud computing space. But,
what we've heard from customers thus far, customers who are really committed to
using the cloud, is that the best way to illustrate openness and customer
flexibility is by what you actually provide and deliver for them.
Larry Dignan, ZDNet.com's editor-in-chief, explained: "Translation: It's a bit early
to be tossing a manifesto around about cloud computing standards".
hard to judge the manifesto's worth before seeing its contents and the list of
actual signatories. It is interesting, however, to see Microsoft chastizing the
document's authors for not being open and collaborative enough in their pursuit
of common standards for an emerging technology.