Today in Cloud

Intel’s new push toward cloud interoperability has the makings of a big deal, but there’s more to pulling this off than meets the eye. I point out a couple of key issues in my story on the news, one of which is getting so many software vendors — particularly large ones — to play nice together. We have been seeing hardline vertically integrated software-plus-systems approaches, as well as serious legal battles between HP, Oracle and SAP. If we’re to see a truly open cloud environment, large vendors like these will have to be on board. If Intel is serious, it probably has the influence to pull it off, but it won’t be easy.