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iPOP June 2010 and ITU-T Focus Group Cloud Updates

July 2, 2010 - 0 Comments

This week has been quite busy with Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Nevada that saw well over 12,000 customers, partners and analysts in attendance and included the announcement of the Cisco Cius mobile collaboration business tablet.

Prior to my recent vacation, I had the opportunity to participate as Technical Committee Co-Chair at the 6th International Conference on IP+Optical Network at the NTT Musashino R&D Center in Tokyo, Japan, June 10-11 2010.

As we deliver real time applications such as gaming and ramp up to deliver HDTV and three-dimensional videos, the network infrastructure is pivotal table stakes.

Some key points and questions to ponder moving forward:

  • Race between application requirements and technical capabilities
    (remember evolution of PC capabilities?)
  • Bitrate increase usually justified video streaming applications
    (some SDTV and one HDTV stream per household + VoIP + Internet)
  • Do we really anticipate future bandwidth requirements?
  • video download rather than streaming
  • video e-mail
  • joint video editing
  • Consumer telepresence (concurrent voice, video, application sharing)
  • 3D video

It is about video!

Transitioning to the ITU-T Focus Group on Cloud Computing which convened on June 14-16, 2010 for its first meeting, there was not a lack of interest in cloud computing at this meeting and included representation from various sectors e.g. industry, governments and academia.

Some examples of presentation and discussion highlights include:

Inter-Cloud [Japan]

Security aspects

  • Security & privacy & regulatory
  • Security of the cloud, as attribute of the cloud

Fixed vs. Mobile Cloud

  • Omnipresent computing
  • Mobile computing
  • Mobile WEB & mobile application on cloud environments
  • DaaS – Device as a Service
  • SaaS on mobile device
  • PaaS/IaaS for mobile service
  • Tiers of a cloud: Clients, SaaS, PaaS, Cloud Infrastructure
  • Drivers of mobile cloud: HTML5, rise of Mobile Internet, App Store, etc.
  • Cloud is multiplatform, apps/content is portable, using mobiles to store & access data
  • DaaS – desktop & communication in one device


  • Inter-cloud interest
  • eScience
  • Technology transfer
  • Addressing proper standards for the Grid

The next ITU-T Focus Group Cloud Computing meeting is expected to be September 2-6, 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Stay tuned!

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