OpenCloud Connect aims to build the flexible connectivity join between enterprise and cloud
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Angus Robertson, Marketing Co-Chair, OpenCloud Connect
When it comes to building the ‘third network’ - that being a highly automated but service-assured connectivity option, based on Ethernet but tailored to meet enterprise requirements (View Why the Metro Ethernet Forum is pushing Carrier Ethernet as the 'third network' ) - there’s currently a crucial missing piece. What’s required, explains Angus Robertson, is a standard join between between proprietary cloud service environments - especially those offered by the Web-scale Googles, Amazons and so on - and Carrier Ethernet-wielding telcos who would like to fill the assured connectivity role between corporates and the cloud.
That’s where OpenCloud Connect comes in, but this is more than just another set of standards in the make which may, or may not, be adopted at some point in the future. OpenCloud Connect is built around an agile development or ‘DevOps’ process where use cases come first and lessons are distilled to inform the standards.
Now all OpenCloud Connect has to do is convince the already incumbent cloud service market leaders to play ball… and that could be its most difficult task.