Message from the Chairman: Entering the Cloud
By: Mike Baskey, Chairman of the Board
On April 27, 2009, DMTF announced the formation of the Open Cloud Standards
Incubator, which will focus on management of private and hybrid clouds.
This is a significant development for DMTF. First, this is the first time DMTF has invoked the
Standards Incubation process, providing another means of encouraging vendor collaboration in a more
public and open way. This news also marks the entry of DMTF into an exciting new arena that is
relevant to both our members and the wide set of customers DMTF collectively serves.
Cloud computing is a popular topic in the industry, one that holds great interest and opportunity
for DMTF members. This is demonstrated by the tremendous participation of industry leaders in the
recent announcement. DMTF’s entry into this space was highly anticipated, and has attracted new
members, in particular Red Hat and
Savvis and SunGard Availability Services
LP, to join DMTF in order to participate in
the Open Cloud Standards Incubator. Please join me in welcoming these three companies to DMTF.
DMTF’s Open Cloud Standards Incubator intends to establish the relevance of virtualization
technology for enabling private cloud infrastructures in an evolutionary way. Along with the
consumption of those virtualization technologies by leading cloud providers, DMTF will further
establish the relevance of its technologies for managing IT complexity and relating the IT
infrastructure to the new application and service paradigms being developed and deployed by DMTF
DMTF will explore numerous areas of interest within the cloud space. We will also work with our
alliance partners, and other standards organizations to further delve into the cloud industry.
Security is one area of focus where both virtualization and hybrid clouds will drive new use cases
that are needed to federate areas such as identities and ensure trust boundaries are defined for
multi-tenant usage in the server, on the network and on storage devices. Service level agreements
that span organizations with metrics rolled up from the various domains is another area where the
work in DMTF can be combined with related work in other areas to address customers’ needs.
It has been an exciting first half of 2009. We are excited about the recent activities within DMTF
and are excited for what is still to come.