Last month Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) held their first conference by name Forecast 2012. I had an opportunity to moderate a panel on Cloud Transparency. Cloud Transparency is still a new idea for people but a vital one needed to build the much needed trust for organizations wanting to move their workloads to cloud. Usually, cloud transparency is seen from the security angle but it could also be important from other angles such as efficiency of operation, etc.. As enterprises become socially responsible, they worry about the impact of their IT on climate change. So, the data center efficiency becomes a key consideration. In this panel, we try to define what cloud transparency is, what are the concerns on the buyer side, what are the limitations on the service provider side and what ODCA is doing to help different stakeholders on cloud transparency. Overall, an interesting panel and I hope this serves as a starting point for further conversations on the topic.
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By Krishnan Subramanian on July 2, 2012