Webinos at the Digital agenda cloud computing workshop

Following on from the previous post, Webinos at the Digital Agenda – Interoperability and standardization workshop , we (Nick and I – representing Webinos) also attended the Towards a cloud computing strategy for Europe: Matching supply and demand

This workshop had many good presentations but I am going to focus on one specific aspect from Mark SKILTON (Capgemini, Global Infrastructure Services, United Kingdom)

He presented the attached diagram about Cloud computing standards followed by details about the standards at various levels of the cloud stack.

The notes below and the diagram make fascinating reading and they show a problem that webinos grapples with ie standardization across the Web + Telecom stack. I don’t have any comments except to say that it is a complex task and it may be fulfilled partly through systems like webinos which try to unite the stack holistically but also we will see diversity through a mix of open standards, proprietary standards, open source and closed source



The WEF World economic forum http://www.weforum.org/s?s=cloud+computing has recently conducted a survey and number of publications on the topic of Cloud Computing among its many interests including Climate change and Economic growth.

Security guideline standards – CSA cloud Security Alliance https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/ are a significant standards body who have lead in the development of Identification, authentication, authorization, encryption and secure access to personal and corporate data and assets.

Encryption protocol standards – Data encryption – Advanced Encryption standard AES (NIST http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/fips/fips197/fips-197.pdf);  Transport layer encryption –  Virtual Private Network protocols VPN;  Message encryption – SSL

Identity and Authentication Standards :  OASIS – Liberty Alliance Standards Body http://www.oasis-open.org/ token authentication SAML 2.0; OPENID foundation http://openid.net/foundation/.OpenID authentication  Single Sign-on.

Web service Standards : ISO/IEC 29362:2008 for Web services and  ISO  JTC 38 to reconcile Web services, SOA and cloud computing standards development to extend WS*I under DAPS – Distributed Applications and Platform Services Initiative.  World Wide Web Consortium W3C http://www.w3.org/ RDF, SPARQL, OWL, Semantic Web and Web architectures http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_technical_committee.html?commid=601355;

Legal Compliance standards : – Policy compliance for corporate enterprise environments and personal privacy

ISO 27000 series relating to Information Security Governance;  Government Legislative standards.

EU Directive 95/46/EC – Security, Data Transfer

EU Directive 2002/58/EC – Interception, Spam, cookies.

Federal law on Safe Habor.

PCI-DSS – payment cards.

Government- Patriot, Subpoenas

HIPPA –  Personal Data protection

Sarbane-Oxley – Data Audit

Browser standards–   these include open and closed (Proprietary) standards

Formats for web page Screen description and manipulation of webpage information : examples include HTML (5) (W3C http://www.w3.org/),  CSS DOM, ECMAScript.    Feeds and Scripts, ajax, rss atom;  Adobe  Flash

Platform OS: Microsoft, Unix, Linux, Apple, Chrome, ,Net, Java, OpenVMS (HP)..

Mobile Platform OS: Android, Windows Mobile, AppleOS, HP WebOS..

Open Source Standards: OpenVMS, Apache LibCloud, Linux and many others, OSI Open Source Initiative.   Open Compute initiative (Facebook) http://opencompute.org/ and many others

Grid Computing and cloud projects, Globus Project OGSA Open Grid Services Architecture http://www.globus.org/ogsa/ , OGF, Nebula  Cloud  (NASA) , eScience Open Science Data Cloud , Reservoir fp7 project  http://www.reservoir-fp7.eu/ ,  OpenStack  http://www.openstack.org/ ,  and many others

API standards – for access to Cloud resources can be split into open and closed(Proprietary)  APIs.

OCCI  Open Cloud Computing Interface – from  OGF  OpenGridForum http://www.gridforum.org/

CDMI- Cloud Data Management Interface from – from SNIA  Storage Network Industry Association http://www.snia.org/

Open Cloud API –  Python, Java – Apache Libcloud development http://libcloud.apache.org/ Libcloud

Google APIs- examples http://code.google.com/apis/maps/index.html , Google Code http://code.google.com/

Amazon APIs  – examples https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/advertising/api/detail/main.html ,  Amazon WS documentation  http://aws.amazon.com/documentation/

Salesforce.com APIs http://www.salesforce.com/us/developer/docs/api/Content/sforce_api_quickstart_intro.htm ,  Salesforce.com developer documentationhttp://www.salesforce.com/us/developer/docs/api/index.htm

and many others..

Code development standards –  Java, windows ,  .NET, Ruby, Python, PHP, C++..

Chip set standards:  IBM, Intel, ARM, HP..

Container standards – these are open and closed (Proprietary) standards. And include :

OVF  Open Virtualization Format  – from DMTF Distributed Management Task Force http://www.dmtf.org/standards/ovf relating to VMware VMIs.

Amazon AMIs  and many others

Service Management certification standards –  ITIL v3, ITSM is standards for Service Management (for ITC regulation).  CMMI and ISO 20000 certifications for IT Service management maturity and quality standards (ISO 9000 for non ITC)

Architectural standards –  The Open Group  http://www.opengroup.org/ TOGAF model for Enterprise Architecture with recognized International certification. The group also has Cloud Computing , SOA, Security and Semantic Interoperability reference models.  NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology Cloud Initiative  http://www.nist.gov/itl/cloud/ ,  Other Use Case developments  are seen in OASIS, OMG, ODCA and many others