January 17, 2012
One of the main reasons cloud computing has exploded onto the enterprise IT scene is its ability to improve flexibility, as many companies desire to easily transfer services and applications between the public and private cloud.
The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, a nonprofit that produces standards for the global information industry, recently formed the Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA), an open standards initiative designed to improve the portability of cloud applications and services.
"TOSCA's aim is to enable broad cloud portability by providing an open standard to describe a complex application running on a complex environment," said Mary Turner of IDC Research. "This is a critical missing link for customers that want to take full advantage of hybrid cloud architectures and the full range of available cloud services."
OASIS said TOSCA's standards will make it easier to use cloud applications and services without locking in a cloud provider, while enabling companies to improve security and achieve regulatory compliance. Several major cloud providers have expressed support for OASIS's plan to improve cloud portability.
TOSCA is yet another sign that highlights the rise of cloud computing among enterprises. According to a recent IDC study, 80 percent of new enterprise IT applications will be deployed in the cloud this year.
-McAfee Cloud Security