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July 14, 2009

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Carl Brooks

I attended and wrote a brief story on the Fed's role as per Peter Mell and NIST: http://tr.im/sDk3

Rackspace will open its API- Amazon has not yet. Do events like this, effectively blessed by the Fed, have real weight with these vendors?

Gene Ruth

Its definitely good that Rackspace is throwing a spec on the table, but I really doubt Amazon or Microsoft will follow their lead and formulate a common api. The "weight" placed on vendors will come from their customers demanding, for instance, a normalized API. Certainly, the fed's can wield influence if they intend to be a large customer. By setting minimal requirements, they can drive to a common set of expectations, api's and the like, from cloud vendors.
Gene

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