Friday, August 22, 2008


So it would seem my cloud standardization post has hit a nerve with a few. So I would like to post a some follow on ideas I've had, since yesterday.

First of all I'm also not totally sold on the whether or not cloud computing is ready for a cloud standard just yet. What I do think we need is a reference implementation (Platform & Infrastructure) and common extensible API. "CloudVirt" This API may someday form the basis for a standard, but in the mean times gives us a uniform API to work against., so whether you're using Google App Engine or, GoGrid or EC2, Nirvanix or S3, you'll have a central point of programmatic contact. I personally don't want to have to rewrite my platform for every new cloud providers API., which is exactly what we're doing now.

Also a few people have point out the CIM (Common Information Model) could be a ideal starting point for a cloud API, for those who are unfamiliar, CIM is an open standard that defines how managed elements in an IT environment are represented as a common set of objects and relationships between them. This is intended to allow consistent management of these managed elements, independent of their manufacturer or provider.

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More ideas to follow.

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