About Cloud Plugfests

The Cloud Interoperability Plugfest series (or "Cloud Plugfests" for short) originated out of community-based interoperability efforts by a variety of organizations in 2011 and was further developed into a cooperative venue to exchange information and to encourage interoperability on implementations of relevant cloud standards. It has since expanded to include sponsorships and support at different events by several important standards organizations and software development projects, including the Cloud Standards Customer CouncilCloudWATCHDMTFETSI, OASIS, the OCEAN Project, OGF, OW2 and SNIA and has been extended to provide access to cloud developers to a variety of support tools provided by these organizations. Sponsorships and participation by other cloud interoperability and standards organizations are welcome.

The Cloud Plugfest series is open to participation by other standards organizations, individual developers, vendors and software framework projects.  For examples, see our list of relevant software projects. Other projects are welcome to participate and to make use of the tools provided by the Cloud Plugfest series.

Cloud Plugfests are work-oriented gatherings of developers and participants in standards organization projects and framework project developers designed to promote interchange of methods, tools and techniques that are defined by the plugfest participants as being suitable to test features such as portability, interoperability, ease of use, self-consistency and security when used in a cloud setting. The main goal of these events is progress by the community.

Our primary goal is to leverage resources brought by participating organizations and individuals to further the above aspects of cloud computing software in an organized setting. 

Participation, although open to all, is governed by a Confidentiality Agreement where applicable to pre-release products. The purpose is to protect the confidentiality of information relating to tests conducted during the event, and to ensure that such information is used solely to further the purposes of interoperability testing and implementation of changes resulting from lessons learned from this testing. In general, this is rarely invoked and participants are free to interact with each other in an open way, but this agreement exists to allow products to be discussed that may not yet be ready to disclose to the public. For further terms and conditions, please see the agreement itself.

Find out more about how to participate and what you can bring to -- and get out of -- our events and the associated tools and community at the links below.