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October 2012, Volume 1, Issue 1

One-on-one with Randy Bias: Cloud standards and the battle for control

As cloud computing lurches toward greater maturity, issues such as common standards and interoperability remain hurdles -- even for users encouraged by the cloud's promise of better infrastructure management and reduced costs. In this one-on-one interview, Randy Bias, co-founder and chief technology officer of open source cloud infrastructure provider Cloudscaling, talks about the lack of cloud standards among providers and how today's cloud computing service provider patchwork will ultimately give way to a more uniform cloud universe. Many major cloud providers have application programming interfaces that aren't compatible with others' APIs. Will this change? Randy Bias: What I've seen is that infrastructure that's important to the business ultimately drives toward [the establishment of] standards and APIs and homogeneity. Without those things, it's difficult to create a plethora of standards and APIs higher up the stack. Which cloud player might win the battle for dominance? Bias: You can complain about whether Amazon Web ...

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