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New OGF Working Group to Create an API for Cloud Computing

Open Grid Forum Announces Open Cloud Computing Interface Working Group

After the successful BoF session on Cloud Computing API that we organized at Open Grid Forum 25 to define the charter for a new Working Group to deliver a standard API for "IaaS" clouds, we are happy to announce that the Open Grid Forum (OGF) has officially launched the Open Cloud Computing Interface Working Group (OCCI-WG).

The OGF Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) working group will deliver an API specification for remote management of cloud computing infrastructure, allowing for the development of interoperable tools for common tasks including deployment, autonomic scaling and monitoring. The scope of the specification will be all high level functionality required for the life-cycle management of virtual machines (or workloads) running on virtualization technologies (or containers) supporting service elasticity.

The new API for interfacing “IaaS” Cloud computing facilities will allow for:

  • Consumers to interact with cloud computing infrastructure on an ad-hoc basis (e.g. deploy, start, stop, restart)
  • Integrators to offer advanced management services
  • Aggregators to offer a single common interface to multiple providers
  • Providers to offer a standard interface that is compatible with available tools
  • Vendors of grids/clouds to offer standard interfaces for dynamically scalable service delivery in their products

The OCCI working group invites your participation. Subscribe to the mailing list, and call into the teleconference call.

OGF OCCI-WG is being coordinated by Thijs Metsch (Sun Microsystems), Ignacio M. Llorente (DSA-research/UCM and OpenNebula), Alexis Richardson (Rabbit Technologies and CohesiveFT), and Sam Johnston (Australian Online Solutions).

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Dr. Llorente is Director of the OpenNebula Project and CEO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He is an entrepreneur and researcher in the field of cloud and distributed computing, having managed several international projects and initiatives on Cloud Computing, and authored many articles in the leading journals and proceedings books. Dr. Llorente is one of the pioneers and world's leading authorities on Cloud Computing. He has held several appointments as independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and several companies and national governments. He has given many keynotes and invited talks in the main international events in cloud computing, has served on several Groups of Experts on Cloud Computing convened by international organizations, such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum, and has contributed to several Cloud Computing panels and roadmaps. He founded and co-chaired the Open Grid Forum Working Group on Open Cloud Computing Interface, and has participated in the main European projects in Cloud Computing. Llorente holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and an Executive MBA (IE Business School), and is a Full Professor (Catedratico) and the Head of the Distributed Systems Architecture Group at UCM.

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