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Cloud needs solid standards to build trust

V3 - Enterprise customers will only get onboard when interoperability is assured, say experts.

If cloud computing is to fulfil its potential in the IT mainstream, service providers must work harder to develop standards so users can switch between clouds, warn industry experts. In a debate on the future of cloud computing and outsourcing at the 360IT conference yesterday, the industry panel kept coming back to the issue of interoperability through standardisation.