I suspect that most major cloud providers will send reps to IEEE working groups. But as we've seen countless times in other standards efforts (think of the tortured histories of HTML and 802.11), it's a long journey from kicking off an effort versus having vendors, service providers, and even users defining and adopting useful standards.
In many respects, the use of standards is counterproductive to achieving market penetration. I mean, why support a standard that makes it easy for users to move off your cloud platform? Or to support a standard that allows your client to communicate with your competitor's cloud? Fat chance of that being accepted, at least in the short term.
If these interoperability and portablility standards are going to take root, there has to be a grassroots movement from the cloud user community to demand that these guidelines be followed. Right now, users don't seem to be thinking about that, and it may be a while before they ask the tough questions around interoperability and portability.
It's just a reality check, guys. Don't kill the messenger.
This article, "IEEE's cloud portability project: A fool's errand?," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com. Read more of David Linthicum's Cloud Computing blog and track the latest developments in cloud computing at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.