The Storage Networking Industry Association’s Cloud Storage Initiative (SNIA CSI) and the Open Grid Forum (OGF) are conducting the second in a series of international cloud plugfests slated for 2012.
Cloud Plugfest sponsored by SNIA CSI/OGF
June 14 – June 17, 2012 Where: Shenzhen, CN (Asia) Amsterdam, NL (Europe) Chicago, Illinois (North America)
All cloud implementers are invited to participate either in person or remotely. Participants need not be members of the SNIA, CSI or OGF and the cost to attend is FREE!*
The cloud plugfest will offer a highly collaborative, vendor-neutral, environment for developers and vendors to perform interoperability testing of CDMI and OCCI implementations. By attending the cloud plugfest participants will:
- Gain a greater understanding of what the needs are for establishing better interoperability with Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage standards, and the opportunity to refine those standards.
- Gain a better understanding of the requirements for interoperability integration between Cloud Storage (CDMI) and Cloud Computing (OCCI)
- Interact directly with cloud implementers and early adopters of CDMI and OCCI
How to register?
The cost to register is free. Visit the cloud plugfest page for additional details.
* Plugfest registration is free. Attendees are responsible for all other costs (travel, meals, etc.) associated with participating in this event including any participation fees imposed by co-located venues or event sponsors. For questions or comments about the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative or this plugfest, please contact Tom Mancuso at csimanager – at – snia.org.
News from our OCCI loving CompatibleOne friends:
For our next Hands On Session, CompatibleOne Team has the great honour to announce the particpation of Billy Cox, Cloud Strategy Director for Intel Software & Services Group. Billy will share with us his perspectives about Cloud Computing and the role of Cloud Service Broker (see Billy Cox’s Bio below)
This Hands On Session will be held over 2 days (13th & 14th of June) in Institut Telecom Mines ParisTech, 46, rue Barrault – 75013 Paris (room C128).
This session will be the opportunity to answer all the questions you may have concerning usage of CompatibleOne. You will be able to to manipulate CompatibleOne platform with the help and support of the developers themselves. And naturally these sessions will be interactive and will take place in real conditions i.e. in the cloud.
The detailed agenda can be found here. Note that due to international participation, all presentations and discussions will be in English. The hands On Session is free of charge but the number of seats is limited. Please confirm your participation ASAP on doodle.
We look forward at meeting you there, CompatibleOne Team.
A team in Engineering (partially funded by Venus-C) have released a tool, ovf4one, which provides an OCCI interface that accepts OVF and provisions resources through the OpenNebula OCA interface. It is implemented in Java and implements the OCCI specifications and uses OVF messages and OpenNebula as backend.
From a technical perspective, ovf4one is an OCCI to OCA gateway, translating RESTful OCCI calls into OCA RESTful calls and the OVF XML message is translated into OpenNebula VM templates. This project has been realised as part of Venus-C EU project.
We blogged previously about the availability of an OCCI implementation for OpenStack. Below is a screen cast that demonstrates some, not all, of the functionality available.
Hot on the heels of the OCCI OpenStack implementation (wiki, code review) a number of our community members (big thanks to Eugene from R2AD) will be organising an OpenStack Design Summit unconference OCCI session. All are welcome to it from the inquisitive to the sceptical!
Topics to be discussed include:
- What is OCCI and its goals?
- Where does OCCI fit the OpenStack picture?
- How should OpenStack address “extra” APIs?
rOCCI is an OCCI 1.1 compliant server implementation written in Ruby. Through its modular architecture it can be easily extended to support arbitrary Cloud Frameworks.
Work on rOCCI started as part of the EU FP7 project SLA@SOI under the working name OGF-OCCI in early 2011. The goal was to develop an OCCI 1.1 compliant server which initially supports OpenNebula and can later be easily extended to support other Cloud Frameworks. As OpenNebula offered a robust Ruby API binding, it was decided to develop the project in Ruby as well. Soon after work on the implementation started it was accepted as an official OpenNebula Ecosystem project.
Interoperability with other implementations of the OCCI standard was ensured by taking part in testing sessions during the SNIA Cloud Plugfests and using OCCI compliance tools such as the OCCI ANTLR Grammar and the DoYouSpeakOCCI tool. For the last Plugfest taking place at the end of February 2012, the project was renamed to rOCCI in order to distinguish it from the name of the standard (OGF-OCCI).
The current architecture of rOCCI is shown in the following overview:
Current features include:
- Full OCCI 1.1 support
- Experimental support for EC2 (current development version)
- Easy deployment in an Nginx or Apache webserver by using Phusion Passenger
- Usage of the official OCCI ANTLR grammer for parsing / validation
- Passing the DoYouSpeakOCCI Compliance Testing Facility
- Support for the current draft of the OCCI JSON rendering specification
- Modular, easy to extend backend management
- Support for OpenNebula 3.0 and 3.2
- Dummy backend for testing
- Support for HTTP basic authentication
- Experimental support for X.509 certificate authentication (current development version)
OCCI has been successfully mapped and implemented upon the Amazon EC2 API. The work has been carried out by TU Dortmund University in cooperation with the compute and research center GWDG. The implementation uses the rOCCI framework – more on that in a later post!
The doyouspeakOCCI Compliance Testing Facility is a Google App Engine (GAE)-based checking tool for the Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) family of specifications. More specifically, it provides a full compliance test suite for the OCCI Core (GFD.183), OCCI Infrastructure (GFD.184), and OCCI RESTful HTTP Rendering (GFD.185)specifications.
Note that doyouspeakOCCI is not to be considered the “official” testing suite for OCCI endorsed by the Open Grid Forum, but rather than that, a third-party contribution which aims to be as close as possible. For a more thorough explanation, please take a look at the wiki pages.
How to Use
doyouspeakOCCI was hard to implement, but is simple to use. Just point your browser tohttp://doyouspeakocci.appspot.com, enter the base URL of your OCCI implementation, and press “Go!”.
Optionally, you can provide credentials for HTTP basic auth, if your service is secured. We strongly recommend to use a one-time test account; although we promise to use the credentials only for the compliance test, we cannot guarantee what others on the way (especially GAE) will do with them. In the near future, doyouspeakOCCI will support OAuth to ameliorate this issue.
Please note that doyouspeakOCCI records data on every test run in the GAE DataStore. This is done solely for the sake of displaying usage statistics. Within the limitations of applicable jurisdiction and the GAE Terms of Service, we will not disclose this data to anyone beyond what is being displayed on the doyouspeakOCCI web presence.
For other questions, please also take a look at the FAQ.
Where to Get
doyouspeakOCCI is available as a source code release only, which can be obtained by two ways:
Alternatively, you might want to pick one of the advertised downloads (click on the “Downloads” button in the upper right of the doyouspeakOCCI development home page at GitHub.
If you wish to run the service on your local system for testing purposes, please take a look at the doyouspeakOCCI Installation Guide for a detailed explanation on how to setup the environment.
doyouspeakOCCI aims to be a community effort, and help is always welcome. Please contact us on the mailing list to learn more.
We think that doyouspeakOCCI should be available to everyone with the utmost amount of freedom. To make sure that contributions to doyouspeakOCCI itself remain perpetually free, the code has been developed under the GNU General Public License, Version 3. The documentation coming with doyouspeakocci is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License.