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Cloud Computing: Innovation through Open Standards



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David Lindquist, CTO, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure discusses how the adoption of open standards helps customers avoid vendor lock-in and fosters innovation in their businesses.

TRANSCRIPT: We're at the beginning, but creating open standards and open source in cloud computing will really open up the ecosystems and create a tremendous growth in these ecosystems as well as innovation.
If you look at the way applications are being developed on cloud, in particular mobile, social, big data analytics, you begin to recognize that there's patterns emerging where developers are starting to or compose an environment to be able to choose the development tools, application tools, database -- data persistence tools and to be able to basically compose that environment and then rapidly develop an application and iterate in-field with customers to see -- are they hitting the milestones, are they hitting their objectives and iterate and iterate.
The next layer down, this composition of services are really running on cloud infrastructures -- things like database systems, web application systems, analytic systems, as well as some of these persistence models and application models.
The lowest layer is really at the infrastructure layers. How can I have an open environment where I can leverage my compute, networking and storage resources.
And at that layer that's where OpenStack is so important to us, open stack is critical -- is the leading open source cloud computing infrastructure as a service initiative right now and that architecture allows for a clean separation of the domains of compute, storage and networking.
One of the maybe more fundamental things in here is also the whole methodology and approach to the rapid delivery of applications, these new engagement models, where it's very much an incremental delivery of capabilities, iterate with your customer, see how you're hitting the mark, are you hitting the outcomes and being able to rapidly put these things together and achieve the desired business outcome -- small teams, shorter cycles, much more rapid ability -- much more agility in the business to bring new things to market.