The IEEE standards body launched a new Cloud Computing Initiative aimed at helping engineers get off the ground with cloud computing efforts.
The IEEE standards body
has launched a new cloud computing initiative starting with two new
draft standards to lay the foundation for future cloud development.
The IEEE, also known as the Institute for Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, announced the new initiative to serve as the catalyst for
innovation in the cloud computing arena. The two new standards efforts
are: IEEE P2301, Draft Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles, and IEEE P2302, Draft Standard for Inter-cloud Interoperability and Federation, IEEE officials said.
"Cloud computing will change everything. It is one of the three
aspects of the 'perfect storm' of technology waves currently sweeping
across humanity, the other two being massive deployment of very smart
mobile devices, and ubiquitous high-speed connectivity," said David
Bernstein, IEEE P2301 and IEEE P2302 working group chair, and managing
director of Cloud Strategy Partners,
in a statement. "The cloud will tie all of these coming advancements
together. We're truly embarking on a new age of innovation."
IEEE P2301 will provide profiles of existing and in-progress cloud
computing standards in critical areas such as application, portability,
management, and interoperability interfaces, as well as file formats
and operation conventions, IEEE officials said. With capabilities
logically grouped so that it addresses different cloud audiences and
personalities, IEEE P2301 will provide an intuitive roadmap for cloud
vendors, service providers, and other key stakeholders. When completed,
the standard will aid users in procuring, developing, building, and
using standards-based cloud computing products and services, enabling
better portability, increased commonality, and greater interoperability
across the industry.
Meanwhile, IEEE P2302 defines essential topology, protocols,
functionality, and governance required for reliable cloud-to-cloud
interoperability and federation, the IEEE said. The standard will help
build an economy of scale among cloud product and service providers
that remains transparent to users and applications. With a dynamic
infrastructure that supports evolving cloud business models, IEEE P2302
is an ideal platform for fostering growth and improving
competitiveness. It will also address fundamental, transparent
interoperability and federation much in the way Signaling System No. 7
(SS7) did for the global telephony system, and naming and routing
protocols did for the Internet, the IEEE said.
"Since its inception, the Internet has gone through radical changes
driven by the twin engines of continued technology advancement and
evolving user expectations," said Steve Diamond, chair of the IEEE
Cloud Computing Initiative, in a statement. "Cloud computing today is
very much akin to the nascent Internet - a disruptive technology and
business model that is primed for explosive growth and rapid
transformation. But without a flexible, common framework for
interoperability, innovation could become stifled, leaving us with a
siloed ecosystem. By leveraging its uniquely deep and broad
technological resources and expertise, IEEE is helping to minimize
fragmentation and ensure that cloud computing realizes its full
"IEEE is in a uniquely powerful position to impact and shape the
face of the burgeoning cloud computing revolution. Driven by a
membership dedicated to technology innovation, IEEE continues to set
the pace and methodology for contemporary standards development," said
Judith Gorman, managing director of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA),
in a statement. "These newest standards will not only follow the
consensus-based process championed by IEEE, but will also leverage the
latest in technology development best practices, such as live global
test beds and open source references. Cloud computing will showcase our
ability to deliver exceptional, universally relevant standards created
with these leading edge methodologies."
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