Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information on how we use and manage cookies please take a look at our privacy and cookie policies. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

sections

OpenCloud project set to bridge the gap in data centers

  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save

A new movement has sprung up to create openness and interoperability across the cloud, data center and network services industries.

On Monday Comcast, Verizon and Tata hosted the first meeting of the OpenCloud Project, a live test environment that forms the basis for ‘a revolution in validation’.

The OpenCloud project is sponsored by the Cloud Ethernet Forum (CEF) and is open to all companies worldwide.

So far luminaries include Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Comcast, Ciena, Cisco, Citrix, CoreSite, Ericsson, Equinix, Juniper, HP, Huawei, Interxion, PCCW Global, Spirent Communications, Tata Communications, Telx and Verizon.

According to the CEF its members have a number of issues they want to settle.

Many complain about the difficulty of obtaining meaningful end-to-end service level agreements (SLAs), as SLAs rarely cover the entire diaspora of network, computing, storage and data center environments.

The subsequent ‘patchwork quilt’ of SLAs is effectively useless, they complain, as it fails to cover the whole system.

At the other end of the scale, SLAs frequently fail to reflect the impact on the system of a small component failure.

Other complaints include the gap in provision speed between instant cloud resources and network services that take a month to be delivered.

CEF members want a direct link between the provision of both networks and virtual resources.

Members are also hoping to tackle the lack of unity among them over compliance, regulation and privacy laws and have called for standardized systems of unified risk management and auditable processes.

Many complain that it’s impossible to enforce security policy properly when there are so many variables across the different suppliers and their product components.

The lack of a single view of performance and response to traffic spikes and moving workloads is impeding the take up of cloud, according to the CEF.

According to CEF president James Walker the root cause is that providers of network, cloud and data center services, as well as enterprises, all use different APIs and interfaces to communicate.

The CEF will have it work cut out to address the issues in time, he said.

“Other standards bodies had the space to shape standards in advance of market penetration, but cloud computing is already surging ahead in every direction,” Walker said.

According to Walker the problem is that the technologies powering advancement are evolving quickly themselves.

CEF chairman Jeff Schmitz said the OpenCloud Project is now in the design stage.

“Those who commit to the project now will help shape tomorrow and the US$200bn cloud services market,” Schmitz said.

Related images

  • James Walker

Have your say

Please view our terms and conditions before submitting your comment.

required
required
required
required
required
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save

Webinars

  • 5 Reasons Why DCIM Has Failed

    Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:00:00

    Historically, DCIM systems have over-promised and under-delivered. Vendors have supplied complex and costly solutions which fail to address real business drivers and goals. Yet the rewards can be vast and go well beyond better-informed decision-making, to facilitate continuous improvement and cost savings across the infrastructure. How can vendors, customers and the industry as a whole take a better approach? Find out on our webinar on Wednesday 15 July.

  • Is Your Data Center Network Adapting To Constant Change? (APAC)

    Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:00:00

    Over the next three years, global IP data center traffic is forecast to grow 23 percent—and 75 percent of that growth is expected to be internal*. In a constantly changing environment and as planners seek to control costs by maximizing floor space, choosing the right cabling architectures is now critical. Is your structured cabling system ready to meet the challenge? Join Anixter's Technical Services Director, Andrew Flint and DatacenterDynamics CTO Stephen Worn and Jonathan Jew, Editor ASI as they discuss how to: •Create network stability and flexibility •Future-ready cabling topology •Make the right media selection •Anticipate and plan for density demands Essential viewing for data center planners and operators everywhere – Register Now! Please note that these presentations will only be delivered in English. 1.EMEA: Tuesday 23 June, 3 p.m BST 2.Americas: Tuesday 23 June, 1 p.m CST 3.APAC: Wednesday 24 June, 1 p.m SGT APAC customers – please note the equivalent country times: India: 10:30am; Indonesia, Thailand: 12 noon; Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong: 1pm; Australia (Sydney): 3pm ; New Zealand: 5pm.

  • Is Your Data Center Network Adapting To Constant Change? (Americas)

    Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:00:00

    Over the next three years, global IP data center traffic is forecast to grow 23 percent—and 75 percent of that growth is expected to be internal. In a constantly changing environment and as planners seek to control costs by maximizing floor space, choosing the right cabling architectures is now critical. Is your structured cabling system ready to meet the challenge? Join Anixter's Technical Services Director, Andrew Flint and DatacenterDynamics CTO Stephen Worn and Jonathan Jew, Editor ASI as they discuss how to: - Create network flexibility - Future-ready cabling technology - Make the right media selection - Anticipate and plan for density demands Essential viewing for data center planners and operators everywhere - Register Now! Please note that these presentations will only be delivered in English. 1. EMEA: Tuesday 23 June, 3 p.m BST 2. Americas: Tuesday 23 June, 1 p.m CST 3. APAC: Wednesday 24 June, 1 p.m SGT APAC customers – please note the equivalent country times: India: 10:30am; Indonesia, Thailand: 12 noon; Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong: 1pm; Australia (Sydney): 3pm ; New Zealand: 5pm.

  • Is Your Data Center Network Adapting To Constant Change? (EMEA)

    Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:00

    Over the next three years, global IP data center traffic is forecast to grow 23 percent – and 75 percent of that growth is expected to be internal. In a constantly changing environment and as planners seek to control costs by maximizing floor space, choosing the right cabling architectures is now critical. Is your structured cabling system ready to meet the challenge? Join Anixter's Technical Services Director, Andrew Flint and DatacenterDynamics CTO Stephen Worn and Jonathan Jew, Editor ASI as they discuss how to: • Create network stability and flexibility • Future-ready cabling topology • Make the right media selection • Anticipate and plan for density demands Essential viewing for data center planners and operators everywhere – Register Now! 1. EMEA: Tuesday 23 June, 3 p.m BST 2. Americas: Tuesday 23 June, 1 p.m CST 3. APAC: Wednesday 24 June, 1 p.m SGT APAC customers – please note the equivalent country times: India: 10:30am; Indonesia, Thailand: 12 noon; Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong: 1pm; Australia (Sydney): 3pm ; New Zealand: 5pm.

  • Do Industry Standards Hold Back Data Centre Innovation?

    Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:00:00

    Upgrading legacy data centres to handle ever-increasing social media, mobile, big data and Cloud workloads requires significant investment. Yet over 70% of managers are being asked to deliver future-ready infrastructure with reduced budgets. But what if you could square the circle: optimise your centre’s design beyond industry standards by incorporating the latest innovations, while achieving a significant increase in efficiency and still maintaining the required availability?

More link