Cloud computing standards take shape

2012-09-29 15:22:35
In a surprising move to improve interoperability and portability between public and private clouds, seven cloud services providers took off their competitive gloves and formed Cloud Application Management for Platforms (CAMP)  last week, the first Platform as a Service (PaaS) management API.
Collaboration for the standard between Oracle Corp., CloudBees Inc., Cloudsoft Corp., Red Hat Inc., Rackspace Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. and Software AG began in late 2010. CAMP was submitted to OASISto create a common foundation for deploying and managing applications across multiple cloud environments; the API will also increase interoperability and foster innovation, according to founding companies.
"We offer the opportunity for vendors and consumers to join," said Carol Geyer, senior director of communications and development at OASIS.
"[CAMP] allows us to compete [on] a more common ground," said Steven G. Harris, CloudBees’ senior vice president of products.
The standard can help guide the industry into an ecosystem of interoperable and portable cloud systems. And that’s where OASIS comes into play; it ensures the standards developed respond to the marketplace.
The group felt OASIS was the best option to help ensure broad industry participation, "providing an open, collaborative and productive setting," said Jeff Mischkinsky, a senior director at Oracle.
When developing CAMP, OASIS will use a non-assertion mode, an open mode that fosters vendor and consumer adoption as well as community input. Open mode also means CAMP implementers do not need a license, which is appealing to many cloud consumers. 

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