Posts Tagged ‘ standards ’

Chris Wolf

Debunking Cloud IaaS Mobility Myths

March 25, 2014
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Many things in life appear great on the surface, but wisdom has taught us to never trust a book by its cover or believe in silver bullets. The latest story I frequently hear being pitched in IT circles is that of cloud IaaS Utopia. In this universe, workloads can simply move anywhere (between disparate providers and private data centers, for example) without consequence. Typically you’ll hear a few data points to justify the story, including: We use OpenStack, therefore your workloads can be run anywhere We use an open source hypervisor, so you can run your workloads anywhere We support Open Virtualization Format (OVF) import and export, so you won’t have any portability concerns We have a VM import and export tool, so you...

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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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Yes Virginia, there are cloud standards

December 17, 2010
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I have seen several articles that have stated that there are no cloud standards yet so customers should not wait. I agree customers should not wait to start implementing clouds. Cloud computing has moved this year from hype to reality, so customers should not wait to take advantages of the efficiencies and cost savings that it can provide.   The part that troubles me is the statement that there are no cloud standards, so I would like to set the record straight.  There are standards that customers should consider before buying and implementing cloud computing today in their data centers and before they sign agreements with cloud service providers. These standards will provide the portability that customers need so that they don’t find themselves...

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The US Government and Cloud Computing Standards

November 8, 2010
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Last week I attended and was able to present at the Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop II that was hosted by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). It was a two day event with presentations and panel discussions on the first day and breakout working sessions on the second day. The event was kicked off by presentations from Vivek Kundra, US, Chief Information Officer and Dr. Patrick Gallagher the Director of NIST. This is the second workshop, as the first one was held back in May of this year and was the launch pad for two new programs FedRAMP and SAJACC.   The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program or FedRAMP was established to provide a standard approach to Assessing and Authorizing (A&A)...

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The Global Interest in Cloud Computing Standards

September 20, 2010
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Last week I had the opportunity to visit Tokyo, Japan and meet with a number of vendors and consumers of cloud computing along with analyst and press following the emergence of this new technology. It is clear to me that the interest in cloud computing and advancing of cloud standards is a global concern. Where ever I went there was great interest in the state of cloud standards and interoperability.One of the events I was able to participate in was hosted by an organization called the Global Inter-Cloud Technology Forum (GICTF) . This is a Japan-based organization which was established to provide insight into the need for cloud standards for cloud computing. In the short time they have been in existence they...

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OVF The First ANSI Adopted Virtualization and Cloud Standard

September 1, 2010
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This week the DMTF announced at VMworld that the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) became adopted as an ANSI standard. OVF was submitted as a draft to the DMTF just three short years ago and today is used by hundreds of vendors and products. What started out as a way to package and deploy virtual machines has evolved into a key building block for cloud interoperability.   It is a big deal for several reasons. First of all this may just be the first national standard for virtualization and cloud computing. Secondly customers buying virtulization software or IaaS cloud computing need to demand that their vendor support the spec, there is no excuse. Thirdly, there is broad industry support for the specification including...

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