Vint Cerf, a co-designer of the Internet's TCP/IP protocols, ACM Fellow and A.M. Turing Award winner, and considered a father of the Internet itself, emphasized the need for data portability standards for cloud computing during a recent appearance at a technical session.
There are different clouds from companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, IBM and Google, but a lack of interoperability between them, Cerf explained at a session of the Churchill Club business and technology organization in Menlo Park, Calif.
"At some point, it makes sense for somebody to say, 'I want to move my data from cloud A to cloud B,' " but the different clouds do not know each other, he said.
"We don't have any inter-cloud standards," Cerf said. The current cloud situation is similar to the lack of communication and familiarity among computer networks in 1973, said Cerf, who is vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google.
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