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In the clouds – busy weeks

August 12th, 2009 • Comments Off on In the clouds – busy weeks

It have been some busy weeks. But great things have happen over the past weeks. The OCCI working group which tries to deliver one of the first standards in the cloud community is moving along very well. We have almost finished our first document describing the use cases and requirements for a Cloud API. This API should be capable of deploying, managing and monitoring virtual workloads (like virtual machines) in a Cloud. The draft can be found on our website: http://www.occi-wg.org. BTW there is a small one-pager describing OCCI. The draft of the specification can also be found on the OCCI website.

Next to that the cloud community is engaging to work together on cloud standards. The wiki on http://cloud-standards.org shows this. There is a nice overview (which might need some refinement) demonstrating where which standard might apply (I took if from the Wiki so it might be outdated).

Positioning of Cloud standards

Positioning of Cloud standards

Overall it seems that the work from SNIA, DMTF and OGF is coming together pretty nicely. For the last days I have been working on presentations and papers to present the work done in OCCI and RESERVOIR. For example a paper forcloudcomp 09 describing howto use OCCI to get RESERVOIR and the SLA@SOI project interoperate. Also upcoming are talks about RESERVOIR, the Cloud in general and OCCI at GridKa school, Sun HPC workshop and other smaller events. Also a poster about the Cloud and the Sun Grid Engine, Service Domain Manager and RESERVOIR is on its way. So great times to be in the clouds…

Launch of cloud-standards.org

July 14th, 2009 • Comments Off on Launch of cloud-standards.org

During the Cloud Summit hosted by OMG a new website was launched: cloud-standards.org. Goal of this website is the collaboration, coordination and communication of standards for Cloud computing and Cloud Storage.

OCCI has also been presented by on this summit. A press release is also available here.

Grids, Clouds & HPC – Open Grid Forum wrapup

May 28th, 2009 • Comments Off on Grids, Clouds & HPC – Open Grid Forum wrapup

This is probably the last blog entry which comes live from OGF26. OGF 26 has been great with interesting talks and group meetings. As said OGF wants to take a leadership role in manging the collaborations about Cloud standards.

The security talks have been interesting as well as sessions about Green IT, SAGA (A Simple API for Grid Applications) and JSDL (Job Submission Description Language). next to that there was a lot of talk about Cloud computing. And thanks to OCCI OGF has a great chance to get some great stuff going on. So stay tuned πŸ™‚

Here are some last impressions from OGF:

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The Friday Center…

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Lunch break

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Prior to the OCCI group meeting

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Some paper work πŸ™‚

When was the last time you actually got a CD from your Software vendor?

May 6th, 2009 • Comments Off on When was the last time you actually got a CD from your Software vendor?

When was the last time you bought software and got a real CD? Downloads are all around but even more impressing is that Software as a Service (SaaS) is coming. In that case you are not even downloading Software! Amazing isn’t it? But there is a downside of it – this article states that costs for SaaS can add up fast. But traditional software seems to get cheaper.

And now take into account that there are also Open Source solutions around…

DMTF announces the Cloud Computing Incubator

April 27th, 2009 • Comments Off on DMTF announces the Cloud Computing Incubator

The DMTF announce the incubator for Cloud Computing. See the complete information here. The charter can be found here. Sun is one
of the parties in this group.

This is interesting indeed. The DMTF has the following time line in mind for their efforts:

The Cloud incubator is expected to complete within 1 year from approval of the charter by the board.

OCCI has a similar approach and tries to deliver in the same time frame. Hope to see some work overlap and collaboration!

Update: Mark also has a nice entry about it.