W3C chief says cloud and web bodies should work together

News Maxwell Cooter Jun 27, 2013

The cloud and web industries have plenty in common and should collaborate more, says W3C chief

The cloud and web communities should be working hand-in-hand to develop a range of standards for the benefit of both industries.

That's according to Dr Jeff Jaffe, the CEO of standards body, the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C). “Web capabilities impact the design of the cloud in a fundamental way,” he said.

Speaking at the Cloud World Forum conference in London, he said the industry had been making excuses for the lack of cloud standards, none of which stood up. Jaffe dismissed as a myth the idea that the world wasn't ready for cloud standards. Tim Berners-Lee invented the web in 1989, by 1994, he set up the Worldwide Web consortium to establish web standards – that's just five years. Even if you take the start of cloud from 2006 and the launch of Amazon's cloud services, the cloud has had seven years.”

Another concern expressed by cloud observers is that there were too many standards bodies. And Jaffe acknowledged this was more of an issue. “The good news is there are 15 different places looking at cloud standards; the bad news is that there are 15 different places looking at cloud standards,” he said.  

He pointed out the proliferation of these bodies should not inhibit take-up, adding that "they conisder different parts of cloud: management, platform, infrastructure, securuty and so on."

Jaffe also dismissed the idea that the lack of cloud standards was fourth on the list of inhibitors preventing companies turning to cloud, as claimed in a recent KPMG survey. 

He said the rewards for gettting it right were huge. "There's $8 trillion handled annually in e-commerce transactions," he said. "And don't forget the web is much more than e-commerce."