Cloud Computing Standards Update: ITU-T

March 7, 2012 - 4 Comments

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:

  1. Cloud computing ecosystem, inter-cloud and general requirements; Chaired by Kangchan Lee (ETRI, Korea)
  2. Cloud functional architecture, infrastructure and networking; Chaired by Mingdong Li (ZTE, China)
  3. 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.

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  1. Dear Santanu,

    Absolutely – cloud computing is very very exciting and I am very passionate about working in this space!

  2. Hi Monique,

    You are too kind as always.

    Saw the following last December on Forbes as “forecasts” for Cloud computing in 2012:



  3. Dear Santanu,

    Many thanks for your kind words; I truly value your inputs.
    These are exciting times for cloud computing. Yes standardization is one aspect especially when addressing such issues such as cloud portability and interoperability. Indeed business models and country specific regulation are also elements that one must consider in this overall discussion.
    Keep your comments coming Santanu!

  4. Thanks for another great piece!

    And SG 13 could not have picked a better, more energizing presence than yourself for a convener of JCA!

    Your note seems to address totally with what i always thought was my own warped way of thinking where challenges to “cloud” was concerned:

    1) Security.
    2) Redundancy Architecture (recall Amazon crash)
    3) Political issues across national boundaries. For e.g. Data protection laws are not the same in the US and Switzerland. Smaller versions of cloud are of course possible in segmented versions

    4) Data-integrity
    5) Inter-operatbility: way too much dependence at present on cloud vendors pushing their own infrastructure with compatible API’s; details of application related coding and dependencies, security (again!), numerous other inter-dependent issues.
    6) SLA’s: If SaaS is to be included into “Cloud” discussions then some SaaS based companies seem to be able to only deliver on their terms, lacking a more customer-friendly approach. Hence, since many customers are unable to seamlessly integrate these services to their specific business model, this gives a sense of “nice to have” service for these specific SaaS rather than a “required service”.

    I cannot help but feel (perhaps wrongly so) that the above prevent organizations from realizing cloud benefits of reduced costs, on-demand scaling,disaster recovery and deployment flexibility.

    7) The last bit is where i personally will owe you all my life 🙂 : Training! Not sure how and where training for cloud oriented technologies are being conducted and done. i am aware that some US schools are offering them but are these being done effectively at the vendor level also (for example the way Cisco goes about its training business :-))?

    Hence, the resolutions you refer to above seem so timely and absolutely necessary for a large scale cloud take off.