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Standards for Integrating and Managing the Cloud

An exclusive Q&A with Vikas Aggarwal, founder & CEO of Zyrion Inc.

"Both cost and trust are much further along than before, but there are still many components that can and need to be optimized for SMBs to truly adopt the cloud," said Vikas Aggarwal, founder & CEO of Zyrion Inc., in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "There needs to be integration and manageability at the service level and not just the infrastructure level," Aggarwal explained.

Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time. - Agree or disagree?

Vikas Aggarwal: Agree. Though saving time is all about money anyway - saving money in optimizing compute resources as well as faster time-to-market, faster delivery, and better revenues.

Cloud Computing Journal: How should organizations tackle their regulatory and compliance concerns in the cloud? Who should they be asking/trusting for advice?

Aggarwal: Today, hybrid cloud environments can address the regulatory and compliance concerns where some part of the IT service can live in the public cloud, and the rest in a private cloud within the organization. Over time, as some of the regulatory and compliance concerns are addressed, more of the service can be moved into the public cloud. During this transition, they should be discussing their concerns with the public cloud providers.

Cloud Computing Journal: What does the emergence of Open Source clouds mean for the cloud ecosystem? How does the existence of OpenStack, CloudStack, OpenNebula, Eucalyptus and so on affect your own company?

Aggarwal: Open source clouds will spur mass adoption, and also force standards for integrating and managing the cloud. In order to use hybrid cloud infrastructures, having standards for managing and monitoring these cloud platforms is a must.

Cloud Computing Journal: With SMBs, the two primary challenges they face moving to the cloud are always stated as being cost and trust: where is the industry on satisfying SMBs on both points simultaneously - further along than in 2011-12, or...?

Aggarwal: Both cost and trust are much further along than before, but there are still many components that can and need to be optimized for SMBs to truly adopt the cloud. There needs to be integration and manageability at the service level and not just the infrastructure level. Trying to purchase backup service from one provider and mail services from another provider and security from another cloud provider without a common way to manage all these services is a big deterrent to the SMB.

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