Microsoft worried by Linux cloud
Microsoft has opposed an industry-wide plan to promote interoperability in cloud computing claiming, officially it’s because the firm believes the plan is unnecessarily secretive. But there are allegations Microsoft feels threatened by the plan boosting Linux-based systems.
The ‘Open Cloud Manifesto’ will launch on Monday in New York. It’s a joint project that includes IBM, Amazon and Google among many others and aims to produce guidelines for how different operating systems should interact in cloud computing. That’s a name given to services which run online rather than on a user’s computer: think Gmail vs Microsoft Outlook for an idea.
There are many different cloud computing services available, from Google Docs to Microsoft’s Azure system to Amazon’s data storage and processing services. The goal of the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF), which has produced the manifesto, is to minimise the barriers between different technologies used in cloud computing.