IT has never completely solved the portability problem within the four walls of the enterprise datacenter. And now that cloud computing has arrived as a new option for IT, the evolving cloud computing ecosystem of ISVs, cloud providers, and customers must think about how improved portability can and will be supported in this new era. The open-source model, which supports collaborative development, provides a mechanism for improving the portability and interoperability aspects of cloud computing. An IDC executive report examines the future of cloud computing, focusing on design goals that support portability of applications and data, which will certainly avoid expensive and time-consuming fixes.
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