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What Are Cloud Certifications?

Customers expect clear certification standards for the products they pick.

Recently a number of companies have been talking about cloud certifications.  The topics cover security, resilience and HIPAA among other certifications. The federal leadership in cloud computing talks about centralized certifications.

Cloud computing certifications should belong in broad categories, for example:

  1. Standards: Do products or solutions adhere to industry or technology standards e.g security, etc
  2. Communications: Platform portability and inter-cloud communications should fall here.  Encapsulation of multiple standards become important here.
  3. Individual certifications: Does an individual have the necessary qualifications to build a cloud solution?

Given the hype in the cloud computing space, customers would expect clear certification standards for the products they pick.  Customers have been burned by picking an ERP or middleware package based on detailed requirements only to find that they are now paying for upgrades and maintenance like never before.

Overall, it is important for customers to make sure they make sure they are not locked in with one vendor.  Getting a short term boost of cost cutting may lead to a long term stickiness with one vendor and no recourse.

Do you think standards is an answer here?

More Stories By Larry Carvalho

Larry Carvalho runs Robust Cloud LLC, an advisory services company helping various ecosystem players develop a strategy to take advantage of cloud computing. As the 2010-12 Instructor of Cloud Expo's popular Cloud Computing Bootcamp, he has already led the bootcamp in New York, Silicon Valley, and Prague, receiving strong positive feedback from attendees about the value gained at these events. Carvalho has facilitated all-day sessions at customer locations to set a clear roadmap and gain consensus among attendees on strategy and product direction. He has participated in multiple discussion panels focused on cloud computing trends at information technology events, and he has delivered all-day cloud computing training to customers in conjunction with CloudCamps. To date, his role has taken him to clients in three continents.

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