IBM, CA, Rackspace, Software AG, Kaavo, Founding Sponsors of New Cloud End User Advocacy Group

45 initial members of Cloud Standards Customer Council aim to advance cloud adoption by focusing on reference architectures, hybrid cloud, security, compliance.

A number of IT companies, including CA Inc., IBM Corp., Kaavo, Rackspace Inc. and Software AG have signed on as founding members of the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC), an end user advocacy group aimed at promoting cloud adoption and clarifying customer requirements.

The Council, joined by some 45 organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Citigroup and North Carolina State University, will be managed by the Object Management Group (OMG), a non-profit trade association.

The CSCC said that its goal is to accelerated the adoption of cloud computing technologies, advocate for the inclusion of customer requirements with standards development organizations and provide materials such as best practices, road maps, research papers and case studies to help businesses considering the cloud.

Officials said that membership in the CSCC will be open to all end-user organizations. Members will be encouraged to offer information on their cloud computing efforts and interoperability requirements around their cloud infrastructure.

“The Cloud Standards Customer Council will bring together these cloud veterans into a community where they can discover and disseminate best practices for moving to and managing the cloud and help to drive standards across industry, both to end-users and vendors to bring down costs and increase choice," said Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., OMG chairman and chief executive.

Angel Diaz, IBM Software Standards vice president, said that the CSCC’s focus on open cloud computing reflects the needs of business users.

"This council is designed to focus on the reality of what provides the greatest cloud computing benefits for clients,” Diaz said. “Ultimately, this effort is about how organizations can use what they have today and extend their business - using open standards - to get the greatest benefits from cloud," he said.

That sentiment was echoed by Jamal Mazhar, Kaavo founder and chief executive, who said that the CSCC collaboration “can help shape best practices that result in real-world value for thousands of companies."

Members Lockheed Martin and North Carolina State University said that working with OMG and IBM will benefit cloud adoption and awareness.

“Lockheed Martin is committed to helping federal agencies derive real and impactful benefits from cloud computing by working collaboratively with standards organizations like Object Management Group, which makes a difference in awareness and adoption,” said Melvin Greer, Lockheed Martin senior fellow and chief strategist, cloud computing.

"We look forward to working with the council partners to develop standards that will allow greater access to cloud computing by industry, government agencies, educational institutions and other organizations," said Dr. Mladen Vouk, NC State associate vice provost for information technology and head of the Department of Computer Science.

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