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Open Cloud Initiative launch fights cloud lock in

Jul 29, 2011, 12:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"It's not just individual consumer-users: businesses have a vested interest in open data, as well. Cloud-based services are hugely popular, and vow to protect customer data. But terms-of-use policies must be closely examined to determine exactly what happens to customer data if the terms of service are violated. What recourse does the customer have? Are their appeal processes in place for dispute? And--most critically--what happens to the customer's data if the service is cut off? Entire businesses could collapse within days to get data access sorted out during a terms of service dispute.

"These are just some of the issues that the Open Cloud Initiative was created to address. The driving event behind the OCI was the introduction of the Open Cloud Principles by Google's Sam Johnston in 2009."

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