German Government Recognises OCCI as Leading the Cloud Standards Arena

Posted March 18th, 2012 in News by admin

Today, we are happy and proud to find the German Federal Minstry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) fully endorses OCCI in its freshly published analysis on “The Standardisation Environment for Cloud Computing”.

This is a big vote of confidence in our work which was echoed by the UK G-Cloud report. Being picked up by the German government is obviously kudos to the community’s work, especially as it shows OCCI as a leader of current Cloud standardisation activities.

Lately, OCCI has received a lot of attention: the leading open-source cloud computing software stack implements it, a commercially focused project and related companies builds its whole ecosystem around it, the largest eInfrastructure provider in Europe endorses it, and many other things are ongoing around it.

The study identifies 19 standardisation organisations as “leading”, among which well-known international ones such as ISO, NIST, SNIA, and DMTF are listed next to OGF, the home of OCCI, and other European ones, such as ETSI and BITKOM.

Regarding standards, the report features “20 prototypical cloud standards [that] serve as models, […] and are greatly respected by experts”. Looking at this in detail, it is hugely encouraging to see that OCCI is considered to be the one with the greatest importance (together with OpenStack, which is on the way of speaking OCCI as well, and OAuth, which is orthogonal): the matrix above shows the classification by Booz and Partners on behalf of the BMWi. If you take a look on the upper right, you’ll find that OCCI is not only the one with the greatest maturity and quality, but also has the highest dissemination potential!

The report makes an analysis from the European and German point of view, and discusses the current field of standardisation in the Cloud arena. Stating that “the standardisation environment for cloud computing is only just starting to develop”, the report identifies OCCI (next to OVF, OpenStack, and CDMI) as “proving attractive”. It features a taxonomy of standards in cloud computing along challenges they address (“why?”) and the basis of their approach (“how?”), and identifies nine challenges, with data privacy the most prevalent, next to three fields (technology, management, and legal).

Well done to all and thanks to Alexander for the article and translations!

OCCI and the UK Government Cloud (G-Cloud)

Posted February 21st, 2011 in News by admin
The United Kingdom Cabinet Office has recommended OCCI as the interface for use in the UK G-Cloud. This was detailed in a large volume of reports released this week by the UK Cabinet Office. In the reports analysis and strategies are set out on how the UK government should and will use cloud computing. Quoting the Technical Architecture Workstrand Report:
The recommended long-term solution is the OCCi, however at the time of writing the interface specification only loosely defines a protocol and does not contain a full API. Having spoken to the steering group of the OCCi it is clear that their intent is to create a fully open, patent unencumbered API for general use, which would be ideal for G-Cloud purposes. Further, there is an opportunity for the G-Cloud programme to influence the direction of development of the OCCi, which should be exploited.
It should be noted that at the time of the report’s writing (May 5th 2010) OCCI had yet to reach v1.0, but with the imminent release of v1.1 the group believes that is has significantly tightened and improved.
Of particular interest to us in OCCI is in the area of standardisation and APIs. Naturally for any government body investigating the use of cloud computing a highly important aspect to consider tactics and strategies to avoid costly vendor lock-in. Avoidance is accomplished by consumers demanding that vendors implement standardised and patent unencumbered interfaces, like OCCI, into their products and services. These reports should also be of interest and relevance to those people that are involved in the various United States based government initiatives such as those ran out of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).