Appendix: Common Solutions to Lack of Freedom in the Cloud

(An addendum to "Increasing Freedom and Confidence in Software as a Service")

A number of initiatives respond to customer worries and aim at providing users with more assurance and more control over the behavior of cloud services. These ideas1 broadly include:

All of these are valuable and provide pieces of the solution, but we must also go further.


1 Tio Libre Definitions

2 The Data Liberation Front

3 Affero General Public License

4 Cloud Foundry; OpenStack: Open source software for building private and public clouds; CloudAudit and the Automated Audit, Assertion, Assessment, and Assurance API (A6)

5 Open Cloud Initiative

6 Jabber; Diaspora; Prophet


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