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March 19th, 2010 • Comments Off on Why Standards? – another point of view
During the past days there where several events where the topic ‘Why Standards’ was discussed. A writeup/summary of one of this events can be found here. Now read the following quote (out of context – I know :-)):
The people on standards bodies are in danger of speaking in an echo chamber. After a while, all they can hear is themselves
I do not agree with this. I will not comment on the ‘why standards’ and ‘we need standards for interoperability’ topics. But I want to raise one point: Why not see Standards bodies as Thinktanks? I mean so many people come together and bring in so many different opinions and points of views – which is very good so the solution (I do not call it standard now) will be cool (technology). I talked to so many people in the past days and all agreed that e.g. OCCI has some cool ideas. And we reached that by inviting all kinds of people with alls kinds of backgrounds to help create this cool thing. Okay we had our fights but somehow we reached consensus and I bet that a research lab of a company would have never come to the point where we are – just because they do not have all those different views.
Important is that you talk openly – if you have strict IPRs as a Standard Body and you’re not allowed to tell other people – you might indeed end up in ‘talking to yourself’.
February 24th, 2010 • Comments Off on Status Update on OCCI
One year ago Ignacio Llorente and me started asking around and organizing a BoF session for OGF25 in Catania, Italy. We finally started working on one of the first Cloud Standards in March. All this was driven by the project RESERVOIR, Now it has become definitely a little bit bigger 🙂
Here are some facts and some interesting information about OCCI to show you the current status
- We have been renamed from CAPI (Cloud API) to OCCI
- Next to me Andy Edmonds, Sam Johnston and Alexis Richardson are chairing this group and have all done a great job
- Our initial focus was IaaS but we might move to PaaS in future
- We had 100 people attending our first session at OGF25; Until now around 230 people are on the mailing list
- We have a first document published: the use case and requirement document
- We are discussing, fighting, etc openly on the mailing list and sometimes even twitter
- Our current specification is in public comment: The document series can be found here
- We are collaborating with many SDOs like DMTF and SNIA
- We are working on a joint demo to demonstrate the features of OCCI with CDMI integrated
- We have two implementations ready and are talking too many people who are willing to implement OCCI as well
- We like you invite you to help out – good things might happen in future
I told all this and many more things at the CloudScapeII meeting in Brussels yesterday. Here are my slides:
February 21st, 2010 • Comments Off on How to replace yourself with a script
Nice presentation by Hilary Mason. I like the concept of the Ignite presentations:
February 21st, 2010 • Comments Off on Striking Lufthansa Pilots??
In talks that are exactly five minutes long, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.
Okay the Lufthansa pilots are going on strike starting tomorrow for 4 days. I’m flying Lufthansa…But that is no issue. I fly with Augsburg Airways which is part of the Lufthansa organization. Weird is that Lufthansa uses the Augsburg Airways brand to pay pilots less then they have to when they would work for Lufthansa. Now guess what: The Lufthansa pilots (salaries between 60.000 and 240000 Euro annually) are going on strike. Those pilots working for Augsburg Airways whom earn less are not going to strike…something is wrong here…
February 19th, 2010 • Comments Off on A pythonic note to myself
How to find the unique elements of two lists:
def unique(self, a, b):
return [item for item in a if item not in b]