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Cloud Standards Roadmap

Almost a year ago in “Cloud Standards: not so fast…” I explained why standardisation efforts were premature. A lot has happened in the interim and it is now time to start intensively developing standards, ideally by deriving the “consensus” of existing implementations.

To get the ball rolling I’ve written a Cloud Standards Roadmap which can be seen as an authorative source for information spanning the various standardisation efforts (including identification of areas where effort is required).

Currently it looks like this:

Cloud Standards Roadmap
The cloud standards roadmap tracks the status of relevant standards efforts underway by established multi-vendor standards bodies.

Layer Description Group Project Status Due
Client ? ? ? ? ?
Software (SaaS) Operating environment W3C HTML 5 Draft 2008
Event-driven scripting language ECMA ECMAScript Mature 1997
Data-interchange format IETF JSON (RFC4627) Mature 2006
Platform (PaaS) Management API ? ? ? ?
Infrastructure (IaaS) Management API OGF Cloud Infrastructure API (CIA) Formation 2009
Container format for virtual machines DMTF Open Virtualisation Format (OVF) Complete 2009
Descriptive language for resources DMTF CIM Mature 1999
Fabric ? ? ? ? ?
Other standards efforts
Vendor-owned standards
Other resources

By Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston CMgr FIML GAICD MACS Snr CP is an Australian technology executive and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years experience founding and advising startups, and in leadership roles at top global technology companies including Citrix, Google, and Equinix.

Sam is currently the director of labs at DXC Technology, whose mission is to ensure the company is fully equipped with the emerging digital technologies it needs to lead clients through accelerating change, including drones, robotics & humanoids, 3D printing, computer vision & voice, augmented & virtual reality, artificial intelligence & machine learning, blockchain, chatbots, and quantum computing.

Sam has a bachelor of computer science degree from the University of New South Wales, and is based in Singapore, having worked in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA.