Microsoft hits out at cloud manifesto creation without its involvement

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A cloud manifesto has been criticised by Microsoft for not being written in an 'open process'.

A cloud manifesto has been criticised by Microsoft for not being written in an ‘open process'.


Steven Martin, senior director of developer platform management at Microsoft, claimed that he loved the concept and ‘strongly supports an open, collaborative discussion with customers, analysts and other vendors regarding the direction and principles of cloud computing'.


However he claimed that he was ‘disappointed by the lack of openness in the development of the Cloud Manifesto' after learning that there ‘was no desire to discuss, much less implement, enhancements to the document despite the fact that we have learned through direct experience'.


Martin said: “Very recently we were privately shown a copy of the document, warned that it was a secret, and told that it must be signed ‘as is', without modifications or additional input.  It appears to us that one company, or just a few companies, would prefer to control the evolution of cloud computing, as opposed to reaching a consensus across key stakeholders (including cloud users) through an ‘open' process. An open Manifesto emerging from a closed process is at least mildly ironic.”


He claimed that large parts of the draft Manifesto are sensible, though some parts arguably reflect the bias of the authors, and other parts are too ambiguous to know exactly what the authors intended.


Martin said: “To ensure that the work on such a project is open, transparent and complete, we feel strongly that any ‘manifesto' should be created, from its inception, through an open mechanism like a Wiki, for public debate and comment, all available through a Creative Commons license.


“After all, what we are really seeking are ideas that have been broadly developed, meet a test of open, logical review and reflect principles on which the broad community agrees. This would help avoid biases toward one technology over another, and expand the opportunities for innovation.”


He concluded by hinting at the creation of a rival ‘Open Cloud Manifesto' to be created in the next few days, as he said: “We love the idea of openness in cloud computing and are eager for industry dialogue on how best to think about cloud computing and interoperability.”


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