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Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum to Revive After Two Year Absence

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The Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum, a nonprofit organization that advocates best practices and architectures for cloud computing, is reviving after being defunct for a couple of years.

These kinds of cloud computing organizations can only help to move cloud technology forward — both in technology innovation¬† and adoption — making them an integral part of the hosting industry.

Last June, independent IT organization The Open Data Center Alliance published its first set of IT user requirements for cloud computing in an effort to adoption.

The CCIF founder Reuven Cohen formed the organization in 2008 in order to establish a “global cloud computing ecosystem whereby organizations are able to seamlessly work together for the purposes for wider industry adoption of cloud computing technology and related services.”

Cohen said the organization still has 1,300 subscribers on its mailing list and 3,000 in its LinkedIn group. Cohen told PCWorld that he received “dozens” of emails from supporters since he brought up the idea of restarting the organization on his blog and on Google+ on Monday.

The organization’s original mission was to establish an open community “dedicated to driving the rapid adoption of global cloud computing services”. A quick glance at the front page of its website shows Intel, Cisco Systems, IBM and RSA as among its largest supporters.

Cohen told IT Business Canada that the organization eventually folded because he did not have the time to continue maintaining it.

At the time, he was the founder and chief architect of cloud hosting company Enomaly, however, he sold the company to VirtuStream in December.

Other contributing factors that led to the group’s disintegration was its constant struggle with its identity, but Cohen is now confident that CCIF members can establish a more targeted mission.

In a March 2009 blog post, Cohen highlighted some of the group’s struggles, particularly those involving a significant backlash from some community members when the CCIF signed on to the Open Cloud Manifesto.

The CCIF later removed its name from the Manifesto and Cohen apologized in the blog post that the organization did not have the governance policies in place to assert an opinion.

He said that there was a discrepancy among group members on the actual definition of the CCIF, waivering from “‘cloud advocacy group,’ which implies membership and organized offline activity, to the much narrower “email discussion group’”.

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