Cloud Computing Manifesto

What Does Cloud Computing Manifesto Mean?

The Cloud Computing Manifesto is a kind of industry-wide declaration about the principles of providing cloud computing services. It engages some specific principles of cloud computing service provision, including user-friendly design, transparency and security. It is dedicated to the belief that the cloud should be open. This manifesto followed the earlier development of the Cloud Computing Bill of Rights, which addressed similar issues from the user’s point of view, as well as a more controversial version of the document called the Open Cloud Manifesto.


The Cloud Computing Manifesto was developed through concensus by being hosted on a MediaWiki wiki and is available under a Creative Commons license.

Techopedia Explains Cloud Computing Manifesto

News reports in 2009 suggest that an original version of the cloud computing manifesto generated some criticism from tech giant Microsoft, which claimed it had been created in secret by an unknown group of IT companies, raising questions of conflicts of interest. The successive version of the cloud computing manifesto came out in 2009 with a more transparent authorship and public hosting under a Creative Commons license.

Some provisions in the Cloud Computing Manifesto include the idea that security is a fundamental part of cloud computing services. This gels with the most important demands of cloud services buyers, especially businesses, where better security is one of the best benefits of cloud computing, and cluster security is one of the worst liabilities across the board. The cloud computing manifesto also discourages discrimination, promotes the evolution of products, and prizes transparency and openness in terms of standards, products and user roles in the industry.


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