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.. 'Certification' within Cloud Computing. Hero or Villain?

Cloud Computing has the opportunity to dramatically impact efficiency and use of IT globally, but it also brings with it the potential to re-establish much of the dangers of lock-in prevalent in the past. This Round Table is the third in a series of OFA events where we debate the practical opportunities and challenges in respect of 'openness' within Cloud Computing.

The debate in this session stems from the recent Communication from the European Commission advocating voluntary certification programmes for cloud service providers. Few would doubt the Commission's good intentions and indeed the use of standards to avoid lock-in, but is certification the way to go? Could it perpetuate the lock-in to the closed vendors it is set up to avoid, and will compliance, instead, be a real hindrance to SMEs? Are we talking about a one size fits all approach, or could alternative approaches meet the need?