The ICCLab presented on the latest developments (PDF) in the Open Cloud Computing Interface at the Future Internet Assembly in Dublin. The session was organised by Cloud4SOA and the main theme was MultiCloud. In this regard, OCCI figures in many projects striving from this including EGI FedCloud, CompatibleOne and BonFire. In the presentation some future points of work that will be carried out in Mobile Cloud Networking, which took the audience’s interest.
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
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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.
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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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.