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From India to Intercloud

Monique MorrowFollowing my presentation at the Futurenet Conference in Boston on May 6, 2009 entitled, “Disruption: Emerging Technologies and Business Models,” I flew to India to meet with customers and colleagues in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The atmosphere was rather electric as the country was in the midst of its national election. With Cisco Globalisation East, we are now embarking on developing architectures and solutions for what can be broadly termed as “Connected Societies,” under which comes “Intelligent Urbanisation.” Wow clearly, what we see developing is not my grandfather’s Service Provider model, not all!The only metric that matters now more than ever is the customer experience!From India, I had an opportunity to present a paper I co-authored with a few Cisco colleagues entitled, “Blueprint for the Intercloud: Protocols and Formats for Cloud Computing Interoperability.”What my co-authors and I have concluded is the following:More and more Service Providers are constructing these new planet-scale virtualized data centers that are popularly called Cloud Computing. As software and expertise becomes available, enterprises and smaller Service Providers will build Cloud Computing implementations.Active work needs to occur to create interoperability amongst varied implementations of these Clouds.From the lower level, challenges around network addressing, to multicast enablement, to virtual machine mechanics; to the higher level interoperability desires of services; this is an area deserving of much progress and will require the cooperation of several large industry players.We believe further that identifying a profile of protocols and formats is of part of the interoperability puzzle.An illustration of the Intercloud vision, based on open standards is summarized as:The Intercloud - Flexible Infrastructure and a New Application PlatformYou will recall my earlier posting on cloud computing, as well as reading this post on Intercloud from my colleague James Urquhart who describes an evolutionary path towards Intercloud or a single public open cloud internetwork.And so, the work continues!

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  1. This diagram of how the clouds interconnect is much more informative than the galaxy picture you showed in your Feb. article. (BTW, spiral galaxies like the Milky Way might be less ‘cloud-like’ than say, nebula type formations). Too bad Digital Equipment is no longer with us because Intercloud constructs seem to be the next incarnation of time-sharing and distributed computing.

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  2. Monique Morrow

    Maria,Many thanks [as always] for your comments!Ah, you mention time-sharing and distributed computing as potential instantiation of intercloud constructs, care to elaborate?[Yes I do remember DEC well]

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  3. I believe that the intercloud concept is for different clouds to be optimized for different parts of the network and for types of tasks. The lower right cloud in your diagram is labeled Apps integrate services from multiple clouds.”” Seems to me the ‘cloud ecosystem’ is like the old distributed computing model, except with clouds instead of computers, servers or IT centers.”

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  4. Monique Morrow

    One approach to intercloud is to think in terms of client-server.Let us assume that clouds retain information for users and access to that information is defined by the user. So Maria, if I want to see your documents, I don’t ask the cloud[s] you use, I ask you, right?Let us further assume that clouds can be mechanisms.”” An example could be that a cloud itself would not “”want information”” from another cloud if only for resources…Make sense?”

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  5. Would be very helpful to post ppts or links to more explanations of how intercloud might work. Would Cisco and other networking vendors have to do something new and special, new core, edge… technology, or will installed infrastructure be ‘enough,’ at least to get the toes wet? Here’re a few easy to read stuff I found:Vint Cerf, he father of the internet,”” on intercloud and the internethttp://www.smartmobs.com/2009/02/17/vint-cerf-talks-about-inter-cloud-problems/A blog post by a Dataquest guy with response from Cisco’s James Urquhart explaining his version of Intercloudhttp://blogs.gartner.com/david_m_smith/2009/04/10/life-on-the-inter-cloud/Here’s CNET’s article from Cebit where IBM and SAP talk about the advantages, etc. of Intercloudhttp://news.cnet.com/wisdom-of-clouds/?keyword=Intercloud”

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  6. Your readers might also be interested in following the web site, Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF)

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  7. Monique Morrow

    Santanu,Many thanks for you valued inputs!Most definitely I will keep you all posted of technology and business model dynamics.Thanks again!Monique

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  8. Any suggestions as to secure real-time back-up strategies, NAS or otherwise?

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  9. Monique Morrow

    Perhaps one approach is to consider a systems view especially around security itself ;and cloud computing/inter-cloud e.g., look also at:http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2009/prod_042109.htmlBest wishes,Monique

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  10. Very interesting Monique as all your postinfs are. Please keep us posted about any related developments ( theoretical or implemented). Thanks a lot!

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  11. Hi,Besides the link given by Monique , which is aamazingly informative, there are also white papers available on Cisco website regarding their approach to the emrging market of cloud computing: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns341/ns525/ns537/white_paper_c11-532553.html. As you may notice, Cisco’s cloud computing is very much growing out of their IP NGN concept. And a great source of info on Cisco’s IP NGN technology is Monique’s book ( co-authored with Azhar Sayeed) from Cisco Press: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization””. And now we know why we need to keep an eye on her blog :-)Best Regardssantanu”

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  12. Monique Morrow

    Santanu,Thank you so much for your kind words – I truly appreciate and value your inputs!As for the Blueprint for Intercloud paper that I had presented see IEEE CS Library:http://www2.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/doi/10.1109/ICIW.2009.55Best wishes again, Monique

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  13. Thanks a lot Monique! Really appreciate this. Wish you a great weekend.With respectssantanu

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  14. Monique Morrow

    Santanu,And to you also!I am preparing for a new blog post .Thanks again for your inputs and comments!Best wishes, Monique

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