Gartner’s Recommendation: Use 3rd-party Cloud APIs…

An interesting article (by @cloudpundit) from Gartner: Don’t Let OpenStack Hype Distort Your Selection of a Cloud Management Platform in 2012. The recommendations are not specific for OpenStack. The following table form the exact same article gives a nice impression of Garnter’s recommendations:

(Source: http://imagesrv.gartner.com/reprints/238300/238322/238322_1.gif)

The second recommendation is probably most interesting: ‘Use a 3rd party cloud API library […]’ – Why not even go for an Open Community Standard Driven Cloud API? OCCI for OpenStack is the answer and an implementation deployed on the EGI FedCloud.

OCCI Enables pan-European Cloud Interoperability

At the EGI Technical Forum in Prague, the FedCloud task force presented their progress on bringing various standards together in order to compose a federated cloud within Europe. The presentation ended with an impressive live demonstration of that very work.

 

During the presentation eight different sites participated offering a set of standardised interfaces. Upon those sites cloud resources were allocated on very different infrastructure management frameworks but unified through the OCCI API. In one part of the demonstration 5 virtual machines were provisioned simultaneously, using OCCI, in Cyprus, Germany (2), Sweden and the Czech Republic. This was followed by a similar demonstration of provisioning storage and accessing that storage using CDMI through the same cloud resource providers.

 

OCCI Plays a Key Role in EGI FedCloud Initiative

In the European Grid Initiative Inspired Newsletter for September the recent activities of the EGI FedCloud initiative are summarised. OCCI is playing a key role for the goal of the Task Force to deliver a blueprint defining how federated virtualised environments can be implemented. A workable test bed has been set up by members of EGI as the implementation and deployment of a blueprint for cloud interoperability. Other standards at play also include OVF and CDMI.

The results of the EGI FedCloud inititative will be presented during the EGI Technical Forum taking place from 17.9.-21.9.2012 in Prague.