Leading communications service providers and their partners have come together to create a test environment to validate end-to-end interoperability of cloud, data center, and network services.
The effort is called the OpenCloud Project. Those involved include Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Comcast, Ciena, Cisco (News - Alert), Citrix, CoreSite, Ericsson, Equinix, Juniper, HP, Huawei, Interexion, PCCW Global, Spirent Communications, Tata Communications, Telx, Verizon, and others.
The OpenCloud (News - Alert) Project, an effort of the CloudEthernet Forum, came together in recognition that different data center operators, enterprises, and service providers use different application programming interfaces and other interfaces to communicate, and without interoperability initiatives the market potential for cloud services is “severely limited.”
Among the more specific challenges is the difficulty of getting end-to-end Service Level Agreements spanning compute, data center, network, and data center environments. Another barrier is often the lengthy turn up times involved with network services, which are frequently part of cloud service turn ups. There’s also a lack of auditable and enforceable unified risk management related to compliance, privacy laws, and regulations, according to the group.
The fact that different industry players report on attributes of service differently also makes it difficult to create a single view of performance and can hamper the ability to react quickly to changing traffic and workload trends, the group notes. And there is an absence of guidelines to enable various cloud services to interact with one another in a secure and standardized way, OpenCloud Project says.
“Where other standards bodies had the space to shape standards in advance of market penetration, cloud computing is already surging ahead in every direction – powered by NFV, SDN, virtualization technologies and networking – technologies that are themselves still evolving quickly,” said James Walker, president of the CloudEthernet Forum.
As a result, Walker said, the OpenCloud Project plans to create a reference architecture, test bed, and standards to enable industry players to be ready with solutions when business customers need them.
“The aim is to evolve a fully interworking cloud environment and the advance best practices to manage OTT and cloud services,” he added.
Edited by Maurice Nagle