We recently announced the launch of the first, broad-scope, forward looking Cloud Computing standards initiative undertaken by a standards development organization (SDO). IEEE’s Cloud Computing Initiative is designed to serve as a catalyst for innovation and kicks off with the start of two new standards development projects, IEEE P2301™, Draft Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles, and IEEE P2302™, Draft Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation.
Steve Diamond who chairs IEEE’s Cloud Computing Initiative, said “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. However, without a flexible, common framework for interoperability, innovation could become stifled, leaving us with a siloed ecosystem.”
By leveraging our uniquely deep and broad technological resources and expertise, IEEE hopes to minimize fragmentation and ensure that cloud computing realizes its full potential. As part of our effort to advance cloud computing technologies, we have formed two new Working Groups (WGs). Both sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society.
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. With capabilities logically grouped so that it addresses different cloud audiences and personalities, the standard 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.
IEEE P2302. IEEE P2301 defines essential topology, protocols, functionality, and governance required for reliable cloud-to-cloud interoperability and federation. 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 SS7/IN did for the global telephony system, and naming and routing protocols did for the Internet.
“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 who chairs both the IEEE P2301 and IEEE P2302 Working Groups and serves as a Managing Director at Cloud Strategy Partners. “The cloud will tie all of these coming advancements together. We’re truly embarking on a new age of innovation.”
“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, IEEE-SA managing director. “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.”
As we a look to a future in the cloud, we encourage the involvement of interested parties in the development of these important standards.