Feeds

Cloud hopeful rejects Microsoft's interop patent

Open has its limits

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

A cloud interoperability hopeful has dismissed mighty Microsoft's attempt to patent technology for customers to transfer data between different services.

Vordel has said Microsoft's proposed patent targets a single vendors' cloud and fails to tackle lock-in as identified by the European Network and Information Security Agency.

Last month, ENSA, a European Union body tasked with preventing and tackling network and information security problems for member states, issued a detailed risk assessment on the cloud business model and technologies involved.

Vordel has instead pitched the case that only a broker - which it's in the process of rolling out - can really help customers avoid lock in. The company claimed brokers allow users to make a switch over at the interface level to a back up in the event of a failure.

Vordel is an XML and service-oriented architecture appliance specialist whose customers span UK and European banks and telcos and UK and US government departments, and it's in the midst of a beta tests for a cloud-service broker it plans to deliver during the first-quarter of 2010.

The company already got customers brokering connections between Amazon and Salesforce.com, who want to store leads in the latter but have back up to the former's S3 storage service. Customers can configure the transfer through an interface using drag-and-drop with the connection and transfer done through XML and Rest talking to the Salesforce.com web services APIs and that uses workflow to direct the communications.

Vic Morris, Vordel's chief executive officer, told The Reg in a recent interview: "One of the concerns people have is when they use Salesforce, is: 'Who owns the data and can I get my data back?' With a broker you ensure you retain copies and back up for data, you can transform it." ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.