The Distributed Management Task Force is organizing a group of members who will create informational specifications aimed at addressing the need for open management standards for cloud computing. The group-made up of officials with such vendors as AMD, Intel, Novell, Red Hat, Microsoft, IBM and HP-in particular will look at ways to develop standards that create interoperability between private and public clouds.
The Distributed Management Task Force is creating a group that will
look at the need for open management standards for cloud computing.
The group-called the Open Cloud Standards Incubator-will develop a
set of informational specifications for cloud resource management that
should lead to the eventual adoption of standards, according to the
task force, which announced the group April 27.
Of specific interest is creating specifications that can facilitate
interoperability of operations between private and public cloud
Pat Patla, general manager and vice president of Advanced Micro
Devices' Server and Workstation business and a member of the DMTF
board, said open standards that help businesses manage heterogeneous
cloud resources and create interoperability between cloud environments
will help drive the adoption of cloud computing technology.
"IT customers consistently tell us that, while they like to take
advantage of new technologies to benefit their companies, they also
need to contain data center management complexity and IT costs," Patla
said in a statement. "By supporting industry standards for systems
management and interoperability, we can better deliver on this goal of
making critical IT technologies like cloud computing simpler and more
cost-effective to deploy and maintain."
Cloud computing is a popular buzzword in the industry, and analysts
say the technology is more than just hype. In a March 6 statement,
research firm IDC said that global spending on cloud services will grow
to $42 billion by 2012, with a key driver being the need to cut IT
There also is a push among vendors, such as Opalis Software, to offer products that let enterprises move easily between public and private clouds.
However, DMTF members say there are no current standards that enable
easy interoperability between private and public clouds, such as those
operated by Amazon.com and Google. The Open Cloud Standards Incubator
will deal with those issues by creating cloud resource management
protocols, packaging formats and security mechanisms, they said.
"Cloud computing will have a major impact on IT management," DMTF President Winston Bumpus said in a statement.
Bumpus said the DMTF group is the best environment in which to create the standards needed in this area.
The Open Cloud Standards Incubator is part of the task force's
Standards Incubation process, which is designed to bring together DMTF
members who then create informational specifications that can
eventually be quickly run through the standards development process.