TOSCA Hybrid Cloud Standards Committee: Google, IBM, Cisco…

TOSCA and Friends setting up Hybrid Cloud Standards

In a move that reminds me a lot about the movie quote “When there’s no way out, you find a deeper way in“, TOSCA, IBM, EMC and Cisco have indicated their support for Hybrid Cloud portability standards and specifications. Following on the heels of TOSCA or Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications, the group is looking to set up another document on Cloud interoperability. This time around, the document in question will focus on making hybrid cloud services more portable and interoperable between providers.

This includes drafting a template for interoperability between infrastructure, service parts, service applications and the operational behavior of each service and related service application. The list of contributors is impressive and includes: Red Hat,  Cisco, EMC, IBM, SAP, CA, NetApp, Software AG, Capgemini, WSO2, Virtunomic, PwC, Citrix.

Personally, I feel as if they are drawing lines in the sand on a beach, but any sort of attempt at setting standards and specifications for the Cloud should be welcome. While the list of contributors is nothing to cough at, it is very noticeable that Google, Microsoft and Amazon are all staying on the outside regarding both TOSCA and these new Hybrid Cloud standards and specifications. According to CTO of Cloud Standards at IBM, Chris Ferris, “They were invited. We welcome any other companies to come. We feel that we have a fairly good constituency involved.”

While the following is just my own two cents, my guess is that either the larger Cloud providers already have their own standards and specifications in place or that they will simply pick and choose, incorporating TOSCA and the aforementioned TOSCA-based Hybrid Cloud standards which suit into their own set of standards when everything is settled. Perhaps it is an agreement between the big three, not to divide the lines further as it would have to be all of them in or not, as just one or two of them joining would lead to the standards going a very specific way rather than standards designed for all as initially planned for. Regardless of this, the end user remains the winner as it just means more progress and more Cloud Computing details hashed out and made both more stable and concrete. Time will tell, but this is perhaps one Cloud Computing issue worth sitting on the fence for, at least for now.

By Muz Ismial

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