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Winston Bumpus

Open Standards

Biography

Winston Bumpus, Director of Standards Architecture at VMware, has had over 40 years of experience in the computer industry. He is currently the President of the DMTF. He has chaired activities in other standards organizations including, OASIS, and The Open Group.

Prior to VMware he was Director of Systems Management Architecture at Dell and he was also Director of Open Technologies at Novell, Inc. He is co-author of the books "Common Information Model" and "The Foundations of Application Management." He has participated in the DMTF for over 15 years and worked on its early development of the Common Information Model (CIM) and Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standards and founded and chaired its Application Management Working Group.

Posts by Winston Bumpus

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The Open Software-Defined Data Center Incubator

May 28, 2013
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As I’ve shared before, the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has been engaged for many years in the development of IT infrastructure management standards. In fact, these standards have become the underpinnings of today’s systems management infrastructure and also enable the scalability of current data centers. Beyond this activity, the DMTF also developed standards for virtualization and cloud management that have now been adopted on a national and international level . These standards have helped improve the interoperability of management tools and standards has improve portability of workloads between various platforms as outlined in the recent Open Data Center Alliance tests on VM imteroperability . Building upon this work, the DMTF today announced the Open Software-Defined Data Center...

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OVF 2.0 is here!

January 29, 2013
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Over the past several years OVF (Open Virtualization Format) has been one of the most popular and widely adopted standards in the IaaS space. In fact, it’s the only national and international standard for virtualization and cloud computing.

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2013 Predictions: Open Cloud Standards

December 11, 2012
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It has been about three years since we started this journey to create interoperable cloud standards, and we’ve seen so much progress made by the industry. OVF 1.1 became the first national and first international standard for virtualization and clouds. The industry recently released the Cloud infrastructure Management Interface Standard (CIMI) as well as an OVF 2.0 specification on the way. We saw the launch of a number of interoperability events that start to test early implementations of cloud interface specifications. OVF is now supported by industry players beyond VMware, including Citrix, Microsoft and Amazon 2013 will be an important year for cloud as customers continue on their journey from virtualized datacenters to a hybrid cloud model. Many organizations have implemented some...

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Consistent Auditing in the Cloud Era

November 13, 2012
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With the growth of cloud computing and the increase of customers deploying workloads in hybrid clouds, having the ability to audit information in a standard way across multiple cloud platforms has come to the forefront. The good news is that a lot of work has already been done in this area. The DMTF addressed this need with a new initiative launched last year that looks at the ability to create open standards to federate and expose auditing data for cloud consumers. While it’s still early, I expect that over time this direction will give cloud consumers more confidence that their data is safe and that they’re getting what they paid for.

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NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop V

June 13, 2012
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I had the pleasure to participate in the NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop V , held last week in Washington DC. The event had a mixture of participants from the public sector, private sector and standards development organizations (SDOs) and was an interesting look into the state of cloud computing standards as we reach the middle of the journey to maturity in cloud computing.

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As the Public Sector Cloud Summit ends

April 2, 2012
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I presented at the Public Sector Cloud Summit on behalf of the DMTF last week. The event was sponsored by the Cloud Standards Customer Council , and was kicked off with a keynote by Dawn Leaf , NIST’s Senior Executive for Cloud Computing. One of the big takeaways from Dawn’s presentation was that the new focus at the NIST will be on reference architectures. NIST certainly made great progress early on by developing the definitive definition of cloud computing. She stated that their next big contributions will be on standardizing reference architectures so that we can have a common understanding on which to build. The NIST will also be supporting the ongoing efforts of the Fed...

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The State of Cloud Standards

March 20, 2012
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The State of Cloud Standards

As the field of cloud computing has developed over the last few years, many people in the industry have recognized the need for clear and open standards that can help maintain an environment that gives us as much flexibility in the future as possible.  Standards work for cloud computing security is relatively mature, but work on standards that ensure interoperability and portability is not as far along. The work goes back as far as 2008 when I had the opportunity to help to start some of the first cloud computing standards activity that resulted in the launch of the DMTF Open Cloud Standards Incubator in early 2009. Lately, we’ve seen a lot of and Standards Development Organizations (SDO) that are also starting...

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New Cloud Standards Adopted, Available and Announced

September 27, 2011
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Some new activity around cloud computing standards have occurred in the last month that I thought would be good to blog about. First of all we are all very excited to receive the news that OVF (Open Virtualization Format) specification has been adopted as an international standard ISO/IEC 17203 .  This a major milestone and will continue to be a key building block for workload portability between clouds. This specification was introduced to the industry four years ago and has received wide adoption and was even been recognized as one of the first virtualization/cloud standards adopted by ANSI last year as a US national standard. This standard is still emerging as new uses and additional features are to be added....

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The Importance of Open Cloud Standards

April 26, 2011
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The web as we know it today is very different from its pre-standards self. Before today’s standards, there were online services but no broad connectivity between those services and their users. With the introduction of html, http, and DNS we saw an explosion of shared information, resulting in the robust internet experience we enjoy today.   The next set of standards under development will revolutionize compute and data sharing in a similar fashion. This next generation of standards is being developed for cloud computing and will drive fundamental changes in the way we consume computing resources.   The field of medical research provides a compelling illustration of this fact. In the pre-internet age, a medical research laboratory had to purchase specialized, high capacity computing...

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Cloud Standards and Software License Management

March 16, 2011
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Cloud computing is changing how IT managers are running their infrastraucture and giving them more flexibility in running their workloads. Now they can virtualize them and create portable images of their systems and services. Theses portable workloads can be realized as vApps and serveral servers can be deployed as a single package to a cloud as needed. Each package may contain several products including operating systems, middleware, database servers and web servers, all of which have various license entitlements.   This creates some new challenges for IT management to understand these entitlements of the products they have aquired based on the various licensing models.  It also makes it challenging to understand if they are in compliance or have exceeded their contracted entitlements. If a...

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