The authors of the controversial manifesto on cloud computing were ‘good intentioned and were not explicitly trying to exclude anyone.'


According to Erik Carlin, chief architect of the Rackspace Cloud who were one of the 37 companies supporting the manifesto that has been criticised by companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and Google, the authors had the best intentions but a rush in its execution has caused the problem of involvement.


Carlin claimed that the authors were ‘acting as a catalyst in the development of an initial set of open cloud principles in an effort to move interoperability forward'.
The roll out and execution were rushed and things moved forward too quickly so ‘that certain companies did not have enough time to review, comment, etc., and as a result, the development of the manifesto was not as collaborative and “open” as it should have been'.


However Carlin claimed that the manifesto has already drawn significant attention to the issue of cloud standardisation, which can only be positive and Rackspace hopes that it will ‘ultimately result in productive conversation with tangible results'.


He also claimed that the manifesto ‘is meant to begin the conversation, not define it' and no decisions have been made and nothing has been defined. The manifesto is simply meant to begin a meaningful conversation towards standards.


Carlin said: “We believe no one should be excluded, or should exclude themselves, from the conversation and that any interested company, organisation, or person should be able to participate, and should participate. We look forward to key organisations that have not joined engaging to help shape and define broad reaching and open cloud standards.


“The Open Cloud Manifesto is just the beginning. Real action and collaboration are the keys going forward if we are to achieve anything meaningful. Rackspace is fully committed to providing customers choice, flexibility, interoperability, and portability as we believe it will drive wider cloud adoption, and that will benefit everyone.”