Focused on enabling best-in-class IT for service providers in the communications, media, defense and cloud service market, TM Forum created the ECLC in 2009 to provide a forum for enterprise cloud users to share requirements and drive the development of best practices and standards that will remove the barriers to deployment and adoption of cloud services. Its list of members includes Deutsche Bank, Boeing, ING, Dassault Systemes and Northrop-Grumman.
Incorporating the input from the top cloud innovators and thought leaders, this document is intended to create a way forward for the industry that separates out the vital needs from the noise, says Matt Edwards, director of the enabling cloud services initiative at TM Forum. "We're looking to drive standards and best practices around real-world needs. We're focused on what customers really want us to be focused on."
Cloud products, services and initiatives have been coming fast and furious, which is no surprise according to MarketsandMarkets. It says the global cloud computing market will be worth $121.1 billion by 2015, up from last year's $37.8 billion.
HP just announced another step in its cloud aspirations, while IBM recently announced plans to develop a smart cloud storage architecture. Both of these vendors, along with CA, Cisco, and Microsoft, are part of TM Forum's Cloud Services Initiative.