The Open Data Alliance centre has been created by some of the world’s largest companies to standardise the world of cloud computing.
The Open Data Alliance, which includes around 70 global firms, are working together for a new standard in technology.
The companies involved, including UBS, Shell, Marriott Hotels and BMW, make up a large proportion of IT spending, around 50 billion dollars.
Researchers believe that another billion users will come online in the next five years so the Alliance’s vision is to create a standardised cloud where web standard will be laid down for hardware and software giants. This is to ensure that businesses can cope with the ever increasing demand put on online services from devices connected to the internet including smart phones, televisions and tablet computers.
With technology evolving at an ever increasing rate, there are many solutions that are being developed quickly in order to solve problems in the short term, but technology bosses are worried that without the correct standardisation, many of these technologies won’t be compatible with each other.
The Alliance have said that, “We need one voice, one road map, so that companies are able to say to manufacturers here is a clear vision of what they should be developing their product to do.”
“If we want to add another billion people to the internet and lower the digital divide we have to reduce the cost of computing and cloud is a fundamental way to do that.”
There are other organisations, other than ‘The Alliance’ who are campaigning for cloud computing standards.
IBM launched its own open cloud initiative last year and earlier this week unveiled its cloud computing lab in the UK with the aim of helping partners reap the benefits of the cloud.
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