After what seemed to be the start of an interesting debate (with quite a few dramatic declarations), it looks like IBM and Microsoft sat at the same table and came up with a polite common position:
Representatives of CCIF, CloudCamp, Cisco, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and the IEEE-ISTO met while attending the Cloud Computing Expo in New York. Other companies were invited but were unable to attend, generally due to the short notice.
The companies agreed on a shared goal to promote use and awareness of open and interoperable cloud computing. The group brainstormed several ideas including the possibility to build on the momentum created by CloudCamp.
Another topic was the ability to enable participants, from individuals and companies, both large and small, to be able to contribute to and use the results of broad community collaboration. Additionally, the possibility of a trade association or marketing association for cloud computing was discussed but no specific actions were agreed. The final topic was the need to have broader participation from the community in this discussion
But don't let this declaration trick you. The fight for leadership is far for being over! In fact it is just starting and what happened last week was just a rehearsal. Interesting times ahead!
In case you missed the events, here is a series of post summarizing the week: