Its time for a new set of Cloud Standards that reflect where the market is going…

I have been thinking about the cloud standards that exist today and I have come to realize that we are probably going to need to reconsider what cloud means. The initial cloud computing definitions that the world has embraced are private, public and community clouds. I think it may be time, based on CPS and the explosion of devices to modify the definitions of cloud.

Private Cloud – to include three flavors of private clouds. On Premise, Managed and Home. Where home Private Clouds have more built in out of the box security.

Personal Cloud – both device and car because again these need to have easy to implement security that doesn’t require a professional to build, deploy and monitor.

The remaining two Public and Community don’t really need to change. Although, there may be some interesting things that Cloud Brokers do in aggregating the systems in a neighborhood, or a common market. (See my article the Broker Marketplace).

First, I believe that there is value in creating a system of systems that can operate indecently and as a unified system across neighborhoods. Why? As Solar Power and Wind Power move to the home market, people are going to be producing more energy in their homes then they consume (at least during the day time). The aggregation of power at the neighborhood level will be a significant value add that Cloud Brokers can build on. It makes me wonder if power companies are going to become the first Cloud Brokers that are deployed to the mass market.

In my article on continuation I talked about the concept of continuing meetings and other services from your car, your cellular phone to your home. The system of systems that is represented by your home private cloud and your personal cloud and the integration of those is interesting. From a software perspective we need solutions that support the integration of various sources quickly. OneDrive in windows 10 is a great example, where in process documents are stored in the cloud for you automatically. There are also synchronization systems that will keep all your cloud drives in sync. All of this moving us ever closer to unification.

The problem is that personal clouds and home private clouds have significant security differences from the private clouds deployed by government and industry. First off it is highly unlikely that your home private cloud will go away in the next 10 years. Its possible that most government and industry private cloud implementations will be gone in the next 10 years. I would say beyond possible. But your home private cloud will exist. In that cloud you will have CPS devices, home computers, Televisions and so on. There is a need for security standards that are easy and simple to implement. You don’t have a security team that sits in your home and watches your network.

This is also true of the personal cloud. Security defined and easily implemented at the cell phone level so your personal cloud is secure.

It is time to have new standards…


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