IEEE and NIST Develop Standards for Intercloud Interoperability

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IEEE recently announced a new collaborative effort has been launched with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to meet the growing demand for standards that address Intercloud interoperability.

Cloud-computing has become important infrastructure for society, not only powering much of the Web but also mobile applications, business systems, autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things. As other infrastructures have evolved—such as the global telephone system and the Internet itself—deep interoperability has been standardised, enabling service provider to service provider federation. Using such federation concepts, in a manner transparent to the end user while addressing security and privacy issues, an Internet Service Provider will facilitate access to the entire global internet and leverage the capabilities of many service providers behind the scenes. A typical modern web page viewing will have been constructed with the help of literally hundreds of networks and web servers operated by many different service providers from a variety of geographies.

Cloud federation can also be done at any level in the cloud stack (i.e., IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS), meaning that collaborations can be managed among any type of business functions. This will enable a wide range of business practices, such as wholesaling, virtual network operations, and data/service sharing.

NIST and IEEE will work to define a Cloud Service Provider to Cloud Service Provider global federation such that the analogous transparent use of global, multi-vendor cloud computing is able to be delivered utilising a variety of business arrangements.

“Today, there is a growing recognition that the lack of cloud federation in a landscape of multiple independent cloud providers is limiting the service reach, resources and scalability that can be offered in a rapidly expanding marketplace,” said Bob Bohn, chair, IEEE Intercloud Working Group. “Much like the interconnected network economy that has evolved in the wireless world, the cloud is primed for the advancement of standards that will establish an open framework for cloud-to-cloud federation that benefits both cloud providers and end users. IEEE’s collaboration with NIST has evolved due to increased industry demand and a desire to advance solutions in the near term.”