[Standards] Unified Cloud Interface (UCI) for XMPP

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Tue Dec 2 20:56:29 UTC 2008

Sounds interesting! Do you have a draft spec for us to read?

Reuven Cohen wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> This is my first post to the XMPP standards list.
> A few months ago a number of us came together to create "The Cloud
> Computing Interoperability Forum". The purpose of this group is to
> discuss the creation of a common cloud computing interface. The group
> is made up of a some of the largest cloud related vendors and startups
> who all share the goal of cloud interoperability as well reducing
> cross cloud complexity. (http://groups.google.com/group/cloudforum)
> I'd like to take a moment to explain my cloud interoperability ideas.
> After various conversations, our concept is starting to take shape and
> is based on what I'm called the "unified cloud interface" (aka cloud
> broker). The cloud broker will serve as a common interface for the
> interaction with remote platforms, systems, networks, data, identity,
> applications and services. A common set of cloud definitions will
> enable vendors to exchange management information between remote cloud
> providers.
> The unified cloud interface (UCI) or cloud broker will be composed of
> a specification and a schema. The schema provides the actual model
> descriptions, while the specification defines the details for
> integration with other management models. UCI will be implemented as
> an extension to the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)
> specifically as a XMPP Extension Protocol or XEP.
> The unified cloud model will address both Platform as a service
> offerings such as Google App Engine, Azure and Force.com as well as
> infrastructure cloud platforms such as Amazon EC2. Ultimately this
> model will enable a decentralized yet extensible hybrid cloud
> computing environment with a focus on secure global asynchronous
> communication.
> Once we are in general agreement on the draft proposal, it will be
> submitted for approval by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
> for inclusion as a XMPP Extension and presented at the IEEE
> International Workshop on Cloud Computing (Cloud 2009) being held in
> May 18-21, 2009, in Shanghai, China.
> My draft is based on a combination of working being done in
> conjunction to XMPP, CIM, Xam and several other standardization
> efforts.
> Comments welcome.

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