Cloud Standards, Interoperability and Testing Workshop

The aim of this workshop, held at Cloud Interoperability Week, is to set out some short and medium term objectives towards the long-term goal of interoperable cloud solutions. The event will bring together the diverse communities that will need to co-operate to understand how best to standardise different approaches.

Presentations will focus on (but are not limited to):

  • Applications of standards in industry and in open-source projects
  • Provenance and availability of cloud standards
  • Practical use of cloud standards and frameworks
  • Importance of interoperability
  • Interworking between standards and popular framework solutions
  • Tools for conformance and performance testing
  • Future trends and priorities

To submit a proposal, please fill in the presentation submission form.

Cloud Interoperability Week

ETSI, OCEAN Project, OGF, OW2 and SNIA invite you to their first joint Cloud Interoperability Week, 18th – 20 Sept, co-hosted with the EGI and SDC conferences.

If you want to have your say fill in the Cloud Standards Implementation Survey.

The event will provide an insight into the current state of Cloud Standards implementations and use cases. It continues the series of Cloud Plugfests aimed at promoting interoperability efforts on cloud standards-based software, services, frameworks, products and projects and will be combined with a workshop and demonstrations.

The Cloud Interoperability Week will be co-located with the EGI Technical Forum and OGF39 at the Hotel Melia Castilla, in Madrid, Spain, 18th – 20 September. Registration is free and will be open shortly to public and private companies involved in cloud solutions based on recognised standards.

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Easily Installing OCCI on OpenStack

For many deployers of infrastructure as a service one very topical infrastructure management framework is OpenStack. Typically deployments of OpenStack are rather complicated and when the number of nodes running OpenStack is large then configuration management toolkits are essential. Such toolkits include the likes of Chef and Puppet. Recently folks over at the ICCLab at Zurich University for Applied Sciences have made changes and issued a github pull request against PuppetLabs puppet OpenStack installer (a set of modules and manifests). With this contribution any organisation with a substantial OpenStack deployment, whose configuration is managed by puppet, can easily offer a standardised, interoperable (as demonstrated by FedCloud) interface. The work leverages the existing OpenStack OCCI implementation that is contributed by FI-ware. Further details on how to use the manifest can be found here.

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.

 

Open Standards for Open Cloud: Call for Participation

When:  Friday 12th October
Where: Open World Forum http://www.openworldforum.org/en
What:  Cloud computing is perceived as a new IT domain where interoperability, portability and reversibility sound like impossible issues to solve. This session will demonstrate how open and interoperable clouds are possible in the face of service provider lock-in. The audience will be able to evaluate the gaps and the real solutions to make open cloud, i.e. a cloud of freedom of choice, a reality.

As a follow up of last year’s session “Open  Cloud  in  Europe”, we have the pleasure to organize a whole Open World Forum track dedicated to open cloud and open standards, and would like to invite you to participate in this session to provide feedback from open cloud projects and on the usage of open standards. The goal is to support Standards Development Organisations with your experience and insight: we want this meeting to be a forum where those who get their “hands dirty”, who are experienced in creating and deploying cloud applications, can present and question usage of and requirements for open standards.

We are looking for experienced developers who have faced issues when:

  • using non-standard APIs,
  • moving from non-standard/de-facto APIs/libraries to standard implementations,
  • failing to use cloud standards,
  • achieving interoperability between implementations / standards,
  • achieving portability between implementations (e.g. there is no VM image standard… or is there?),
  • trying to avoid implementation / provider lock-in,
  • working on automation.

So if you can answer positively at least one of the following questions, you are the kind of candidate we would be delighted to welcome on this track.

  • Are you implementing standards?
  • Are you interfacing to standards?
  • Are you working on standards specifications?
  • Do you want to bring issues and/or highlight deficiencies regarding standardisation?
  • Do you want to demonstrate your implementation/solution using standardised APIs?
  • Are you working on a “framework project” (OpenStack, OpenNebula, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, CompatibleOne, …) and like to share your thoughts on which role they play with respect to standards development and adoption?
  • Do you work on multiple clouds? Do you deal with many interfaces?
  • Do you face issues moving your application from one provider to another?

Your proposal should be sent by the 10th of September 2012 at the latest, toowf12@ogf.org
Your participation will be confirmed in until 25th of September 2012.

Looking forward to meeting you,
Alan Sill and Florian Feldhaus, Andrew Edmonds, Andre Merzky, Jean-Pierre Laisné
on behalf of OGF, OCCI Working Group and OW2

OCCI in OpenNebula

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“As open source, community-driven software, OpenNebula is fully committed to standards, ensuring that our users can avoid vendor lock-in. We provided the first reference implementation of the OCCI specification, and have many users and innovative projects that are building solutions around this implementation, so contributing to create an open ecosystem.” – Ignacio m. Llorente. The OCCI implementation in OpenNebula is available through the software ecosystem community web site and is based on the rOCCI framework.