Cloud Standards and Guides


The Open Group Cloud Computing Standards and Guides were formerly developed by the Cloud Work Group, and are now developed by Cloud Computing projects of the Open Platform 3.0™ Forum.

They are also available for download from The Open Group bookstore in Portable Document Format (PDF) form and, in some cases, as eBooks.

Cloud Computing for Business – The Open Group Guide gives reliable and independent guidance that supports decisions and actions in Cloud Computing. It is specifically designed for business managers to understand the benefits that can be achieved. Practical and detailed, it takes a pragmatic approach to getting the best out of Cloud services. This book incorporates the content of the Cloud White Papers that were previously published by The Open Group, but develops and extends them, and includes additional explanation and examples. It is also available from Van Haren Publishing.

The Guide to Maximizing the Value of Cloud for Small-Medium Enterprises is intended for business and technical executives in small and medium-sized organizations. It explores how small business owners can navigate through Cloud services and identify those that are geared towards addressing Small-Medium Enterprise (SME)-specific needs.

The Cloud Ecosystems Reference Model Technical Standard defines The Open Group Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model and provides guidance on how to apply it with The Open Group TOGAF® and ArchiMate® standards to develop an Enterprise Architecture.

The Guide to Cloud Computing Portability and Interoperability explains the major portability and interoperability issues that arise when Cloud Computing is used. It makes recommendations to customers on how best to achieve portability and interoperability when working with current Cloud products and services, and it makes recommendations to suppliers and standards bodies on how standards and best practice should evolve to enable greater portability and interoperability in future.

This material reflects input from a large number of people from a wide range of Open Group member companies, including product vendors, consultancies, and users of information technology. In some cases, these people have brought concepts developed, not just by themselves, but by groups of people within their organizations. The input has been refined and further developed through discussion within The Open Group. The value in the result is due to the ideas and efforts of The Open Group member companies and their representatives.

The material is now published in its current form to make that value available to the wider architecture community.




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