Cloud Computing Alliances Drive Management, Security Initiatives

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) come to separate conclusions about cloud infrastructure management, security and handling of big data.

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), an organization bringing the IT industry together to collaborate on systems management standards development, validation, promotion and adoption, has announced the release of the new Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface (CIMI) specification.

DMTF officials said the new specification standardizes interactions between cloud environments to achieve interoperable cloud infrastructure management between service providers and their consumers and developers, enabling users to manage their cloud infrastructure use easily and without complexity.

The goal is to provide interoperability between enterprise computing and cloud services. DMTF developed CIMI as a self-service interface for infrastructure clouds, allowing users to dynamically provision, configure and administer their cloud usage with a high-level interface that simplifies cloud systems management.

"The CIMI standard is a critical piece for cloud infrastructure management because it alleviates complexity while improving flexibility, portability and security," said Winston Bumpus, chairman of the board for DMTF, in a statement. "With the release of the CIMI v1.0 specification, DMTF offers a well-rounded, industry-wide solution for simplifying cloud infrastructure management."

The new specification consists of two components: Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface--(CIMI) Model and REST Interface over HTTP Specification; and Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface--(CIMI) Primer.

The CIMI specification is the centerpiece of DMTF's Cloud Management Initiative, and is the first standard created by the Cloud Management Working Group (CMWG). DMTF's Cloud Management Initiative includes contributions from additional working groups, such as the Cloud Auditing Data Federation Working Group (CADF WG); the Network Services Management Working Group (NSM WG); the Software License Management (SLM) Incubator; and the System Virtualization, Partitioning, and Clustering Working Group (SVPC WG). Additional announcements are expected from DMTF cloud-related working groups early next year.

"DMTF has developed an important new standard focused on simplifying cloud infrastructure management," said Paul Lipton, vice president of industry standards and open source at CA Technologies, in a statement. "CIMI will enable greater interoperability of infrastructure management across a broader range of cloud platforms and represents a significant milestone in the development of secure, cloud management standards for our industry and our customers."