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U.S., Chinese, EU firms push cloud standards

Patrick Thibodeau | June 7, 2011
Open Data Center Alliance, with 280 members, claims to represent $100 billion in IT spending power.

"Hopefully, it will get the industry moving a little quicker in this space," said Feig.

Other models set standard units of measure to make it easier to compare services.

If a customer is buying a server, for instance, the alliance standards offer clear definitions and metrics for comparing servers. "Things have been standardized," said Feig. Today, he noted, users are buying services whose descriptions "come out of left field for every provider."


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