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Creating a Common Cloud Computing Reference API - Part Two

The CIM (Common Information Model) could be a ideal starting point for a cloud API

Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog

So it would seem my cloud standardization post has hit a nerve with a few. So I would like to post a some follow on ideas I've had, since writing it.

First of all I'm also not totally sold on the whether or not cloud computing is ready for a cloud standard just yet. What I do think we need is a reference implementation (Platform & Infrastructure) and common extensible API - "CloudVirt"

This API may someday form the basis for a standard, but in the meantime gives us a uniform API to work against, so whether you're using Google App Engine or Force.com, GoGrid or EC2, Nirvanix or S3, you'll have a central point of programmatic contact. I personally don't want to have to rewrite my platform for every new cloud provider's API, which is exactly what we're doing now.

Also a few people have point out the CIM (Common Information Model) could be a ideal starting point for a cloud API, for those who are unfamiliar, CIM is an open standard that defines how managed elements in an IT environment are represented as a common set of objects and relationships between them. This is intended to allow consistent management of these managed elements, independent of their manufacturer or provider.

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An instigator, part time provocateur, bootstrapper, amateur cloud lexicographer, and purveyor of random thoughts, 140 characters at a time.

Reuven is an early innovator in the cloud computing space as the founder of Enomaly in 2004 (Acquired by Virtustream in February 2012). Enomaly was among the first to develop a self service infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform (ECP) circa 2005. As well as SpotCloud (2011) the first commodity style cloud computing Spot Market.

Reuven is also the co-creator of CloudCamp (100+ Cities around the Globe) CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas and is the largest of the ‘barcamp’ style of events.

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