Whilst the industry is in the midst of deploying cloud computing service enabling capabilities; standardization continues to progress. Whether DMTF, MEF, SNA, IEEE, the cloud computing standardization activities have been picking up.
At the ITU-T, the emphasis has been identifying areas for cloud interoperability standardization.
ITU-T’s Study Group 13 (SG 13) has created a new Working Party (WP) on cloud computing, tasked with progressing the Technical Reports that were the output of a previous Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud) towards formalization as ITU-T Recommendations.
Cloud computing is an industry expected to grow at an annual growth rate of roughly 30 per cent, consequently more than quadrupling in size between 2010 and 2015 to become an industry worth approximately $120 billion.
However, concerns with the portability – freedom to transfer data between the clouds of different providers -- and the interoperability of cloud solutions has led to calls for standardization to fuel further industry growth .
Jamil Chawki of France Telecom Orange was appointed Chair of the new Cloud Computing Working Party, which will take responsibility for existing SG 13 work on cloud computing as well as three new Questions:
- Cloud computing ecosystem, inter-cloud and general requirements; Chaired by Kangchan Lee (ETRI, Korea)
- Cloud functional architecture, infrastructure and networking; Chaired by Mingdong Li (ZTE, China)
- Cloud computing resource management and virtualization; Chaired by Richard C. Brackney (Microsoft, USA)
Finally, SG 13 has appointed me as convener of the recently established Joint Coordination Activity (JCA) on Cloud.
The JCA will coordinate the multi-dimensional study of cloud computing within the ITU, and will act as a point of contact for other organizations seeking to contribute to this work.
It is an exciting time for cloud computing overall; and in discussing issues that involve cloud interoperability overall!
For more information please visit the official ITU website.