CloudWatch2 and Cloud Plugfests join forces for special plugfest series

posted Feb 23, 2016, 7:24 AM by Alan Sill   [ updated Feb 23, 2016, 7:25 AM ]

Three special Cloud Interoperability Plugfests a re scheduled to be organised by CloudWATCH2 to enable research and innovation projects to test the implementation of standards in an international developer-oriented and hands-on environment. This special series will enable participants to develop interoperable products and standards-compliant code. Collectively, these activities will boost international co-operation on the common goals of interoperability, sharing best practices and avoiding the duplication of effort.  

For further details, see our Upcoming Events pages!

"Mini Cloud Plugfest" at NIST CCFW; Cloud Plugfest 20 at DMTF APTS

posted Jul 8, 2015, 9:01 AM by Alan Sill   [ updated Jul 8, 2015, 9:08 AM ]

A "mini Cloud Plugfest" will take place at the US NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop VIII (July 7-10, 2015) as part of the Thursday morning breakout sessions. In this event, we plan to demonstrate the use of Cloud Plugfest testbeds to tackle problems of interest to NIST. Please follow the signs for the "SAJACC" event Thursday morning.

Additionally, the next scheduled Cloud Plugfest event (#20) will be during the DMTF Alliance Partner Technical Symposium July 21-25, 20a5 in Portland, Oregon. For details, see our "Upcoming Events" page.

Events Posted For May and June 2015

posted Apr 24, 2015, 3:07 PM by Alan Sill

Upcoming event information has been updated to include events in Lisbon, Portugal; Bangalore, India; and Edinburgh, Scotland for May and June 2015. The pace of Cloud Plugfests is definitely picking up, and we are also definitely interested in hearing of any other opportunities to hose these events or Meetups along the same lines in your area. 

Contact the plannning group if you are interested in placing or hosting a Cloud Plugfest at an event you are sponsoring. Meanwhile, see the Upcoming Events page for more details on the above events.

Interoperability Demos and Virtual Cloud Plugfest March 23-27, 2015

posted Jan 4, 2015, 3:04 PM by Alan Sill   [ updated Jan 4, 2015, 3:05 PM ]

March 2015 Interoperability Demo Days and Cloud Plugfest events include networking interoperability demos at the GENI Engineering Conference and US Ignite Meeting, cloud software and design discussions and demos at an in-person Cloud Plugfest at OGF 43, discussions on cloud privacy at the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) Public Sector Cloud Summit, and remote participation by other sponsoring organizations. The in-person meetings will all be held in the Washington DC, Arlington Virginia and Reston Virginia area and will include a variety of opportunities for hands-on participation by developers and consumers interested in learning more about cloud computing. 

For details, please see our upcoming Cloud Plugfest events page.

December 2014 Events At and Following UCC 2014

posted Nov 18, 2014, 11:14 PM by Alan Sill   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 1:59 AM ]

Interoperability demonstrations and a corresponding virtual Cloud Plugfest will be held the second week in December, centering around opportunities for presenters to demonstrate software and standard in person or remotely. 
  • December 8-12, 2014 virtual Cloud Plugfest - online participation through tools offered on
  • December 11, 2014: interoperability demos in person @ Utility and Cloud Conference (UCC 2014), London, UK
  • December 12, 2014: interoperability demos continue in person at same venue (Hilton Paddington), London, UK
Presentations made during the Thursday and Friday Interoperability Demo Days will be recorded professionally and at the presenters option will made available through the Primeur Magazine and the CloudWatch project sites. A schedule for these two days is available on our December 2014 Event Schedule page and also at this link:

CloudWATCH To Host One of Three Cloud Plugfest Events in September 2014

posted Jul 21, 2014, 12:08 PM by Alan Sill   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 12:10 PM ]

CloudWATCH Workshop: Reducing ambiguity through standards profiling, 25 September 2014


One of the aims of CloudWATCH is to make an active contribution to standards and certification, driving interoperability as critical to boosting innovation in Europe. A standard very often supports multiple use cases in its specification text which can lead to ambiguity and a lack of real interoperability across different interfaces.  A profile on a standard clarifies in an unambiguous way how a standard has to be interpreted, explaining how to implement it based on your specific use case. As a starting point for this, CloudWATCH has created a portfolio of European and international use cases on technical, policy and legal requirements. The common standards profiles derived from these use cases will be tested around the federation of cloud services.

The workshop will take a brief look at the standardisation landscape today. It will identify some of the most important requirements that existing standards can meet. Interactive discussions will then explore possible pathways to filling gaps, either through new standards or extensions to existing standards. The workshop will wrap up with an overview of the benefits of interoperability and how it is set to become a hot topic around best practices in the business community in 2015.

This workshop takes place together with cloud interoperability testing in a real-life context, thus maximising on the expertise at hand and extending best practices to countries like Brazil.

Cloud Plugfests – Testing interoperability together

The Cloud Interoperability Plugfest project, "Cloud Plugfests", is an international co-operative community series designed to promote interoperability efforts on cloud-based software, frameworks, and standards among vendors, products, projects and implementations. The series supports ongoing and continuing interoperability efforts among and between the sponsoring organisations, and with the cloud community at large. These efforts include organised software demonstrations, in-person developer gatherings, and continuous access to professional-grade cloud testing frameworks and tools.

Thanks to the synergy with EUBrazil Cloud Connect, the Plugfest will see Brazilian participation for the very first time. EUBrazil Cloud Connect will test the OCCI implementation of fogbow, middleware that has been developed by the Federal University of Campina Grande. This new connecting bridge with Brazil focuses on a new implementation of OCCI API (xOCCI) as well as an extension to accommodate requests for resources exploited in an opportunistic way. This workshop is also an opportunity to showcase growing international interest in interoperability testing and why the Plugfest is important to certify compliance of the implementation with the specification.

For more information on how to participate, please follow this link.

DMTF Joins Cloud Plugfest Sponsors

posted May 15, 2013, 12:58 PM by Alan Sill   [ updated May 15, 2013, 2:17 PM ]

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Board has approved joining as a sponsoring organization for the Cloud Plugfest series in a vote taken May, 2013. DMTF joins the Open Grid Forum (OGF), the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Cloud Storage Initiative, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Open Cloud for Europe, JApan and beyoNd (OCEAN) Project as an official sponsoring organization.

The next Cloud Plugfest, ninth in the ongoing series, will take place July 22-24, 2013 as part of the DMTF Alliance Partners Technical Symposium (APTS), to be held July 22-26 in Portland, Oregon, USA and jointly sponsored by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). OGF will also be holding simultaneous related working group meetings as part of the XSEDE 2013 conference, July 22-24, 2013 in San Diego, California, USA.

DMTF will also be participating in the upcoming Cloud Interoperability Week Sep. 16-20, 2013, co-sponsored by ETSI, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), OCEAN, OGF, the OW2 global open source community and SNIA

TS 103 142 - Test Descriptions for Cloud Interoperability v.1.1.1 is now available

posted May 13, 2013, 8:31 AM by ETSI Coordinator   [ updated Aug 16, 2014, 12:24 AM by Alan Sill ]

The Test Descriptions for Cloud Interoperability  V1.1.1 covering OCCI and CDMI interoperability and interworking have been published and are available to all for free download at: TS 103 142

The work on the next version of this document including additional cloud standards and configurations is already ongoing along with the preparation of the Cloud Interoperability Week.

EU Cloud Strategy highlights importance of interoperable Cloud Standards

posted Oct 6, 2012, 9:13 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 8, 2012, 3:06 AM ]

In its Cloud Strategy the European Commission highlights the importance of interoperable Cloud Standards and has tasked ETSI to coordinate the efforts to "identify by 2013 a detailed map of the necessary standards (inter alia for security, interoperability, data portability and reversibility)". This action will support the Commission's strategy to "work with the support of ENISA and other relevant bodies to assist the development of EU-wide voluntary certification schemes in the area of cloud computing".

The Cloud Plugfest organised by SNIA, OGF and ETSI already plays a central role in bringing together differerent Standards Developing Organizations (SDO) and implementers to provide the necessary standards and implementations for an interoperable Cloud Ecosystem. The test specifications developed as part of the Cloud Plugfest are providing the basis for certification in the area of Cloud Computing.

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