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Leading Industry Groups Create the ‘Open Cloud Project’
|By Business Wire
|March 31, 2014 11:30 AM EDT
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James Walker, President, CEF (Photo: Business Wire)
The CloudEthernet Forum (CEF) and MEF today announced the creation of
the CEF ‘Open Cloud Project.’ The Open Cloud Project will focus on
creating an open test and iterative standards development program for
service providers, industry vendors and over-the-top (OTT) cloud service
The Open Cloud Project includes a dedicated proof of concept test
laboratory based in Silicon Valley, to provide ongoing testing and
support for the iterative development of the CEF’s CloudE 1.0 open cloud
environment. It will also provide the basis of future compliance and
benchmark testing. Informed by the experience and learning of its close
association with the MEF, and seeing the benefits that rapid, iterative
development has brought to the cloud industry, the CEF is taking the
pioneering step of integrating testing into the standards development
process right from the start.
Initial work will be focused on three areas: application performance
management, cloud security and traffic load balancing. The project’s
open test program will lay the groundwork for a fully inter-working
cloud environment, and the advancement of best practices to manage OTT
and cloud services.
“This is vitally important work if we are to avoid fragmentation of the
cloud,” explains James Walker, CEF President and Vice President of
Managed Network Services at Tata Communications. “Cloud services rely on
the end to end interoperability of so many players – enterprises,
network and datacenter equipment vendors, datacenter operators,
orchestration layers, management and reporting platforms, security
devices, network service providers – the list goes on. The MEF has shown
a successful model of defining service types and attributes which
everyone can agree to and align with, which through this test bed we can
adapt and bring to the cloud industry. Unless we can define industry
best practices and global standards to establish an open cloud
environment, cloud services run the risk of becoming more and more
fragmented and difficult to integrate.”
The Open Cloud Project is an industry leading program of the CEF, a
close affiliate of the MEF with a combined 240+ members, made up of
leading equipment and cloud software vendors and the world’s largest
telecommunications providers and cable operators.
“Network security and application performance management are two
critical areas for future work,” said Nan Chen, president of the MEF.
“The Open Project is intended to create an open test process for NFV,
SDN and Carrier Ethernet applications. We also plan to work in
conjunction with other relevant influential industry forums to maximize
efficiencies and avoid any duplication of work.”
“The industry faces a real challenge: simultaneously integrating three
relatively new concepts – NFV, SDN and Carrier Ethernet – to create an
open cloud environment,” said Jeff Schmitz, CEF Chairman and Executive
Vice President of Spirent Communications. “Here’s a chance to test and
standardize your cloud services with an initial focus on application
performance management, cloud security and traffic load balancing. If
you want to be involved in the future of cloud, the CEF is your chance
to put your ideas to the test.”
Analyst Rohit Mehra, Vice President, Network Infrastructure at IDC
agreed with the need for an initiative such as the Open Cloud Project
being spearheaded by the CEF, saying: “By 2017, IDC expects worldwide
spending on public IT cloud services to exceed $100 billion, with a
compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.5% for the period 2013-2017,
five times that of the IT industry as a whole. Hence it is important we
look at cloud interoperability as a key goal across the spectrum of
vendors and cloud service providers that will participate in this growth.
The CEF has already started work on defining a reference architecture
for cloud interoperability, including discussion with other standards
bodies to make sure that work is aligned. The aim this year is to decide
the initial, fundamental criteria for a set of standardized, open and
interoperable cloud specifications called “CloudE 1.0”. The lab will
play a key role in this development, ensuring faster establishment of
workable and proven open standards.
For more information about the CloudEthernet Forum, please visit www.CloudEthernet.org
For more information about the MEF please visit www.MetroEthernetForum.org.
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