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.
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.
A number of OCCI members have got together and have written this piece in InfoQ.com on how an open and interoperable can be presented to end-users using today’s contemporary cloud standards, including not only OCCI but also CDMI and OVF. The article is the result of the excellent meetings had at the DMTF APTS back in May.
We’re pleased to announce that a F2F meeting for OCCI will be organized in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Thanks to our colleague Mark Carlson from Oracle who helped set this up. This will be a continuation of the Cloud Plug Fest and all our collaboration efforts with other standards and groups up until now.
The meeting will happen during the DMTF Alliance Partner Technical Symposium (16th to 20th of May) on Monday and Tuesday. Please feel free to register and point out that your are going to be available.
During this F2F we would like to address and discuss some topics (the agenda is not fixed yet and can change if needed):
- Update on OCCI activities,
- OCCI demos,
- CDMI/OCCI integration,
- OCCI/OVF integration,
- Initial JSON rendering discussions,
- Collaboration with NIST,
- Security-related discussions.
A focus output for this event will be a document that will describe the intergration of major standards regarding clouds, most notably DMTF’s OVF, SNIA’s CDMI and of course our own OGF OCCI. It will describe how these standards working together can create an open and standards-based cloud service offering.
We would like to invite all to bring in their ideas on this topic and look forward to seeing you in Boulder!