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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.