Communication & Knowledge: the new IT revolution

Cloud Computing and Standards

No surprise at seeing those two questions (which are part of our top areas of changes) associated in the same domain of attention and work. The main reasons for this:
  • Cloud Computing is still a maturing industry. Some of the established businesses are linked to the vast explosion of data needs (data centres, big data, ...) but they only tap a part of the potential markets. One reason for this is, among others, that the full power of virtualisation will require that this is also achieved within the (public) network.
  • Once there is a need to address issues that require the collaboration of clouds from different providers, such as data portability, federation of clouds, there is a need for standardisation. And it is useful to know what can be achieved with the current level of standardisation as well as what is in the pipe and when it will become available.

Points of attention and actvities

Cloud Computing as a technical domain is vast and complex. The variety of the stakeholders (users, customers, service providers, vendors, regulators, etc.) makes it even more difficult to identify the major issues. An understanding of the usages and the possible use cases (in particular those that can be monetised) is one way to draw the bigger picture. Our overall approach is, at this point of the development of the Cloud Computing, to focus on the following aspects: Use cases, Service Level Agreement (SLA), Security and compliance, Network Virtualisation, Interplay of standards and open source. Our most recent activity has been the ETSI Specialist Task Force on IoT Virtualisation with a strong focus on the impact f cloud computing and the role of Open Source Software (OSS). Prior to this, CommLedge has acted as coordinator of Cloud Standards Coordination (Phase 1 and Phase 2) on behalf of ETSI.