Cloud Plugfests 3 & 4

The Cloud (sometimes referred to as cloud computing) is becoming increasingly important to the success of both small and large European businesses. 

Two very important interfaces are:

  • The Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) which comprises a set of open community-lead specifications delivered through the Open Grid Forum (OGF). OCCI is a Protocol and API for all kinds of Management tasks. OCCI was originally initiated to create a remote management API for IaaS model based Services, allowing for the development of interoperable tools for common tasks including deployment, autonomic scaling and monitoring. It has since evolved into a flexible API with a strong focus on integration, portability, interoperability and innovation while still offering a high degree of extensibility.

  • The Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) from SNIA (the Storage Networking Industry Association) which defines the functional interface that applications will use to create, retrieve, update and delete data elements from the Cloud.

These events were co-organized by ETSI, OGF and SNIA and hosted by ETSI and IBM. It aimed to test the interoperability of different client and server implementations of OCCI and CDMI specifications. TThese two events were held in September 2012 and in December 2012 and distributed between sites in Sophia Antipolis, FR and Raleigh, NC, US. The events brought together different Cloud standards makers and implementers in the US an in Europe and will go some way towards helping the creation of an interoperable Cloud ecosystem. They also developed guidelines for Cloud standards interoperability and interworking testing.