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July 21, 2009



The industry does not need a complete spec for portability of VM instances, but rather a secure transaction broker spec for simple failover.

The insurance industry is all over the creation of a "blind trusted pool" of API brokers between clouds that would allow erastwhile competitors to backstop each other's failures and outages without compromising user security. They are concentrating on transactions, storage proxies, and session preservation. In other words, short, long, and very long object lifetimes that can be shipped out to an unknown (yet trusted) third party in case of an unreachable host.

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