CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 release to introduce optimized, self-healing, highly available cloud with a globally federated API

CA 3Tera® AppLogic® 2.9 is the first major new release of AppLogic as part of CA Technologies. With the new ownership of the product, there are the expected significant improvements for enterprise customers and the service providers catering to them. CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 also continues to provide the innovative and category-defining capabilities that have earned AppLogic many awards in the last four years.

CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 completed successfully a three-month beta program and will be generally available this month. (A link to the full release notes will be provided here.)

I would like to focus on the key new features and capabilities in this release:

1.  Full High Availability

High availability and full system redundancy is now integrated in every subsystem of the platform, ensuring that storage, networks, compute resources and the control node are all highly available and the system can recover from the failure of any single element without human intervention. The addition of redundant network support in 2.9 completed this functionality, adding support for redundant network switches.
The high availability support includes three important automated steps to restore operations quickly and efficiently:
• fault detection,
• isolation of the failed component, and
• recovery of the affected application(s).

Once affected applications are restored to operation – typically within minutes of the failure – AppLogic proceeds to rebuild the infrastructure redundancy, readying the system for handling future hardware failures.

What does this mean for you?

CA 3Tera AppLogic is designed from the ground up to expect hardware failures and recover applications quickly and automatically.

As a result, you get a very resilient and self-healing platform that can keep applications running, ensuring an amazing SLA without requiring emergency fire drills in the data center… using only plain commodity x86 servers and switches. CA 3Tera AppLogic is a unique solution where all redundant capabilities are managed by a single product and through a single user interface, bringing customers simplicity and reliability with zero integration effort.

2.  Network Topology Detection and Path Optimization.

CA 3Tera AppLogic automatically discovers the network topology and cabling layout, and ensures full cross-sectional bandwidth between any two servers in the system – all the while maintaining the network redundancy and recovery capability in case of a network component failure. CA 3TeraAppLogic 2.9 removes the majority of network infrastructure bottlenecks and eliminates manual network configuration. It also displays the state of all network infrastructure elements, the current paths used, and allows manual control for troubleshooting and testing. It dynamically detects and adjusts for changes that occur in the system (e.g., re-wiring) and issues alarms in case it has detected a failure and has performed automated recovery.

Why is this important?

Tracking down network infrastructure bottlenecks is not an easy task, and doing that in complex composite applications is one of the hardest IT projects. Maintaining full cross-sectional bandwidth in redundant network environments is the key to eliminating such bottlenecks and traditionally requires labor-intensive and fragile manual configuration.
CA 3Tera AppLogic fully manages the network path optimization and saves you from performing manual switch configurations. That means you always have available the maximum bandwidth from the network infrastructure, and you don’t need to intervene to recover or handle failure in the networking equipment.

3.  Federated Web Service API for Global Access.

CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 now comes with a federated web services API. It is based on the familiar AppLogic shell command semantics, provided over a REST-like, simple-to-use transport mechanism. In a typical AppLogic style, the API is implemented as an AppLogic composite application, using only standard catalog components.

The API provides programmatic control over nearly all CA 3Tera AppLogic functions, complementing the graphical user interface and the command line shell. For easier integration with Java and PHP/Javascript applications, the API can provide responses either in XML or JSON format. A special asynchronous request mode is provided to orchestrate commands that may take longer to execute, communicating the result of such operations upon completion in a clear and timely way.

The API can federate any number of CA 3Tera AppLogic clouds through a single API access point; and also a grid can be controlled through multiple API points, for redundancy and access segregation.

Why this matters?

The new API provides the basis for true hybrid cloud implementations. The federation capability allows cloud users to set up API access points that span their own virtual datacenters (on-premises/private cloud), as well as virtual datacenters provided by one or more public cloud providers – all accessed through the same API access point and with the same credentials. Further, the API provides abstraction of the infrastructure location, so that migrating clouds and virtual datacenters – between public and private, and between different service providers, can be performed without impacting control and monitoring software.
The asynchronous semantics for long-running commands provide proper job-specific progress report, resulting in client code that is simple and reliable.

4.  IP address enforcement improves customer isolation in shared public cloud environments

Like prior AppLogic versions, release 2.9 continues to strictly enforce the security of network connections between components of composite applications based on the zero-trust network architecture that is unique to CA 3Tera AppLogic. Release 2.9 provides further security by also enforcing the public IP addresses assigned to applications, automatically restricting incoming and outgoing traffic only to the assigned IP addresses.

Unlike virtualization solutions (which, in general, don’t enforce the IP addresses) and other clouds (which typically support only one IP address per VM), CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 supports multiple public IP addresses per appliance, allowing greater flexibility without sacrificing security.

Why this matters?

IP address enforcement improves significantly the isolation between unrelated applications. While very important in on-premise/private cloud environments, this enforcement is essential in multi-tenant environments such as shared public clouds. CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 extends the unique zero-trust/zero-configuration network architecture, providing this important layer of security without requiring expensive gear and complicated network switch VLAN setups – in fact, without any configuration whatsoever.

Addressing security is generally a compromise between the level of security and the effort required to maintain it. In a very convenient and error-proof way, CA 3Tera AppLogic gives you the highest level of security with zero configuration effort.

5. Other Features

OVF Support
CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 enables importing standards-based OVF VM packages, making it easier to on-board applications from existing virtualization environments. The new image2class utility command expands on the prior releases’ iso2class functionality and allows importing Linux virtual machines packaged in the DMTF-standard OVF format, converting them to standard CA 3Tera AppLogic appliances in the process.

Support for Microsoft Windows 2008 Server
CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 now fully supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows 2008 Server-based appliances. It extends the capabilities for Windows 2008 support found in prior release, providing volume management for NTFS6, signed para-virtualized drivers for improved I/O performance, as well as new Windows 2008 Server templates and appliances.

National Language Support
CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 also expands national language support within customer workloads. The appliance kit included in the new release improves compatibility with international versions of Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008. In addition, a new virtualization setting allows selecting the keyboard language mapping to improve operation with non-US keyboards.

Of course, CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 is backward compatible with appliances and applications from prior releases, so upgrading the grid or migrating your workloads onto a new 2.9 grid is trouble-free.

CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9, like prior releases, is packaged for turnkey installation, providing zero-to-cloud setup in less than 4 hours. To try CA 3Tera AppLogic 2.9 today, please contact your CA account manager or reach us through our web site.

Happy cloud computing,

- Peter

Mainstream IT Buys into Cloud Computing: CA to Acquire 3Tera – A Message from Barry X Lynn, CEO 3Tera

Filed under: 3tera,AppLogic,Cloud Computing,Customers,Random Thoughts,Utility Computing — Tags: , , — bxl — February 24, 2010 @ 7:13 am

We started 3Tera to radically ease the way IT deploys, maintains and scales – MANAGES – applications. Our AppLogic® cloud computing platform provides the foundation of our partners’ orchestration of cloud services for public and private clouds around the world. Today, we’re taking the next step in moving toward making cloud computing mainstream by joining CA.

CA and 3Tera share a common vision for the future of cloud computing, and we are excited about the opportunities that this acquisition will create for our customers, partners and their cloud users.

This is a historic moment in Cloud Computing. The significance of this acquisition is a heck of a lot more than just a land grab in a hot space. We are confident that as a team, CA and 3Tera, will extend our leadership of the cloud computing market.

We are honored, given the plethora of Cloud Computing companies that have emerged in the last few years, that CA has chosen us. We really are!

It would probably be arrogant to suggest that we, in turn, chose CA. So I won’t suggest that. But the fact is, we had many options for the future and this is the one that excited us the most.

Now, there are only two kinds of people thinking about Cloud Computing: those who believe it is the future of information technology and those who are in complete denial.

I’ve been around a long time, probably longer than most of the readers of this post. During this time, I have seen three major paradigm shifts in IT.

For my first 20 years in this game, Moore’s Law was, as it always has been, and still will be for a while, in effect. Computers became exponentially more powerful, faster and cheaper. But, for those 20 years it was big central computers doing everything.

So, the first paradigm shift was away from these big centralized systems to client server or distributed systems. There were those who had the vision that inexpensive work stations and servers, connected over a network, would take on much of the load that the big central computers were processing. And there were also those who were in denial.

The second big shift was the rise of the browser and eCommerce. Some of you may be surprised that I did not say the Internet. The fact is, though, Internet technology was around for years before there was a consumer-based Internet, deployed by the government as a way to interconnect various agencies. It was known as the ArpaNet. The browser put a friendly graphical user interface on top of it and eCommerce was born.

There were those who had a vision that the Internet would be a common way for businesses and consumers to communicate and become widely used for effecting financial transactions. And there were those who were in denial.

The third shift is Cloud Computing. Computing is pervasive. It is no longer something used and accessed by an elite few. Computing is as much a part of life as telephone, television, electricity, etc.

So, the natural evolution of computing is for it to become a utility that anyone can tap into, like other utilities, consuming only what one needs–no more, no less– but always having enough available capacity when needed.

This is Cloud Computing – the encapsulation of applications as autonomous services, abstracted from infrastructure that its users do not care about, except that it’s available and reliable when needed – services that can be available anytime, anywhere, when called upon.

There are those who believe Cloud is the future and there are those in denial.

Like distributed systems, which became pervasive when the ability to precisely manage networks of servers and work stations became available; and, like the Internet, which became pervasive when the ability to manage dynamic web sites securely with high performance; so will go Cloud Computing.

I’ve heard some compare what is going on now to the internet bubble of the ‘90s. I’ve actually heard it referred to as the Cloud bubble. The big difference between the Internet bubble and the Cloud bubble is that today’s economy doesn’t dictate the kind of crazy valuations we saw in the ‘90s (or maybe today’s economy is just more realistic than that of the Internet bubble).

But they have something very significant in common, I believe.

During the Internet bubble, everyone and his brother with a web site, from giant infrastructure companies to retailers of boutique niche products, were perceived to be the future. When the dust settled though, most couldn’t maintain their value – except for the Internet infrastructure providers, that is. It was not just anyone with an Internet presence. It was mostly those who enabled the Internet – who provided the infrastructure to deal with it – to manage it!

Just as everyone tried to stake a claim to a piece of the Internet in the ‘90s, now there are a gazillion companies with Cloud presence. When the dust settles, though, the long term value will be retained for the shareholders of the companies that provide the infrastructure, enabling capabilities and management of Cloud Computing.

CA is a management company. Their mission has always been and remains centered on the management of information technology. Their ability to adapt and manage each generation of technology has enabled them to thrive through all of these shifts.

While there are several management vendors out there, we see most figuring out how to shoehorn customers’ needs into what they already have. But tails can only wag dogs for a short period of time. The big winners will be those who adapt and evolve what they have into real, more than wannabe, Cloud Computing management.

That’s the historic statement. CA has drawn that line in the sand, and we’re thrilled to be part of it.

The leading innovator of IT management technology and the leading innovator of Cloud Computing technology are now one and the same!

Xseed and ScaleUp Team on Global Cloud Computing Framework

Filed under: 3tera,AppLogic,Cloud Computing,Customers,Service Provider — barmijo — February 16, 2010 @ 3:50 am

Almost from the moment we brought out AppLogic a little over three years ago it was clear that the market for cloud computing would be global. More than half of all registrations have been international, and they come from all over the world; Japan, Australia, England, Spain, UAE, Nigeria, South Africa, Korea, China, Hungary, Russia – you name it.

So it comes as no surprise then, that our two of our most innovative international partners are teaming up to provide solutions. Xseed in Japan and ScaleUp in Germany are working together in creating the framework for a globally connected cloud leveraging 3tera’s AppLogic cloud computing platform. We’re looking forward to doing our part, learning from their experiences to build an even better platform for the future.

You can read a bit further on the Cloud Computing Journal http://bit.ly/ci8LYU.

The Future of Virtualization; or, How I Stopped Worrying How it Relates to Cloud Computing in 2010

I don’t know why, but I am still surprised when I hear the following question. What’s the difference between virtualization and Cloud? To me, it’s like asking the question – What’s the difference between a hammer and carpentry? The latter is a comprehensive craft. The former is one of many tools used by the craftsmen who practice it.

Simple – right? So why does that question occur at all?

It occurs, in my opinion, for two reasons, one right and one not so right.

The first reason is that all of the server virtualization vendors of any significance are also introducing Cloud offerings to the market. So, people are naturally associating the two (and rightfully so, just like one would associate hammers and carpentry). The difference is, though, no one thinks hammers and carpentry are the same thing.

So, the not so right reason – There are Cloud computing laggards out there who would like us to think that virtualization and Cloud are similar because they have embraced virtualization technology and do not want to appear out of step. As a result, there is a ton of noise in the market that is very hard to sort through.

So, how do I suggest one sorts through this noise?

When faced with a potential Cloud solution, ask a few questions about it.

Does it help me provision and deploy virtual machines on demand? If the answer is no, I’d ask why are you even looking at it? But if the answer is yes, just deploying VMs on demand does not a Cloud make.

Does it enable the encapsulation and on demand deployment of multiple VMs as a single entity? If rather than managing VMs, you want to manage frequently used “appliances” that are comprised of multiple VMs (e.g. a specific app server, a specific messaging system and a specific database server), can you do it? If the answer is yes, you are on your way to a real Cloud solution.

Does it enable the encapsulation and on demand deployment of whole software stacks (e.g. LAMP, Ruby on Rails, .NET, etc.)? If the answer is yes, you are certainly in the Cloud.

But, do you want more? Does it enable encapsulation and on demand deployment of entire multi-tiered apps? If yes, you have a very powerful Cloud solution.

More? Does it enable the encapsulation of the apps along with everything they need to run – network, storage, infrastructure, configurations, policies, documentation, etc., etc., etc.? If yes, then you have the most complete Cloud solution of all.

So, you might sense a theme here – Encapsulation. Yes. Encapsulation is key, but it is only half of the story. Encapsulation itself results in many benefits, especially operational cost savings and decreased time to market. But encapsulation alone does not make a Cloud. It does not create portability. It does not create the ability, by itself, to deploy anywhere, any time.

What’s the second half of the story? Abstraction. Not only do the most comprehensive Cloud solutions have to provide unlimited granularity of encapsulation, but they must completely abstract what is encapsulated from the physical resources (machines) they run on, so that they can run anytime, anywhere there are available idle resources.

In short, you do not measure a Cloud solution by how it does virtualization. You measure it by the granularity of its encapsulation capabilities and its ability to abstract VMs, stacks, apps/services and entire data centers from the physical resources they run on.

So, what is the future of virtualization and where is it going in 2010?

Virtualization is going the way of the hammer. It will be a necessary commodity for the Cloud, just like the hammer is a necessary commodity for the carpenter.

Now, before all the virtualization vendors get their shorts in a knot and start screaming at me that I am implying that all virtualization is the same, I am not. I acknowledge that some have features others do not, some outperform others, etc. But, can you tell who the best carpenter is only by knowing what brand of hammer he uses?

East Coast AppLogic Bootcamp Scheduled

Filed under: 3tera,AppLogic,Cloud Computing,Events — Tags: — barmijo — August 24, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

We had a great turn out at the Cloud Operators AppLogic Bootcamp, with a great deal of interest in another from folks for who weren’t able to attend. Therefore, we’re excited to announce the next AppLogic Bootcamp will be October 13th to 15th in Tysons Corner, Virginia. This time we’ll be focusing on building, operating, and scaling your applications in the cloud:

Day 1: Basic AppLogic for Cloud Applications
Take full advantage of the AppLogic platform to design, architect and deploy applications. It also provides an introduction to the AppLogic architecture, appliance and application template catalog. Topics include:

Day 2: Intermediate AppLogic for Cloud Applications
Learn how to monitor, scale, customize and provide fault tolerance for applications.

Day 3: Advanced AppLogic for Cloud Applications
Create custom catalog appliances and templates as well as advanced labs.

You can get more information or sign up here.

3tera Welcomes Bill Coleman

You may or may not have seen the recent press release.  Bill Coleman, IT/Silicon Valley luminary, Founder and CEO of BEA Systems, has joined 3Tera’s Advisory Board.

Yes, this alone is a great testimonial to what we have accomplished in our field.  Getting dignitaries such as Bill does not come easy.  But here’s the best part – this has a lot more than just marquee value (and I doubt that Bill would have joined us if all we wanted was marquee value).  Bill, especially since his most recent stint as Founder and CEO of Cassatt Systems, is an extremely knowledgeable visionary in the area of utility and Cloud Computing; and, data center automation.

So, Bill will be extremely valuable, reviewing and tweaking both our business plans and technology as we forge ahead to maintain our lead at enabling Cloud Computing in enterprises and service providers.

Needless to say, we are extremely happy to have Bill on Board.

Grid University Extended with AppLogic Bootcamp

Filed under: 3tera,AppLogic,Events,hosting,Service Provider — barmijo — June 2, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

As our ecosystems of partners around the world grows, we want to ensure we’re providing the most up to date technical and market data to help service providers succeed. The latest addition is AppLogic Bootcamp, an intensive three-day hands-on training program for IT professionals who maintain and provision AppLogic based cloud computing infrastructure. The course is designed specifically to give service providers and advanced enterprise users a deep and clear understanding of the features and capabilities this powerful cloud computing platform provides.

Audience
Specifically designed for IT Administrators, Data Center Staff, System Administrators, Systems Integrators

At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
− Install AppLogic in local and remote datacenters
− Add and remove resources
− Obtain and apply hot-fixes
− Integrate external hardware into cloud systems
− Use metering data for billing and charge-backs
− Perform crash recovery and debugging
− Configure a virtual run-book
− Build and use appliances
− Create template applications

Prerequisites
Course attendees should be familiar with datacenter OSs, Linux command line utilities/operations such as yum, screen, vi, ifconfig, ping, nslookup, ssh, rsync and scp. In addition, attendees should have knowledge of:
− L2 and L3 networking configuration, routing, VLAN and STP
− Use of public key-based authentication for ssh access to servers
− SSL certificates and DNS setup
− Disk layout, partitioning schemas, RAID configurations
− Local and remote server management

When and Where
The first Bootcamp will be June 23 through 25, 2009 at the Double Tree Hotel in Irvine, CA and you can sign up here.

3tera Announces AppStore for Cloud Computing Appliances

Filed under: 3tera,AppLogic,Cloud Computing — barmijo — May 18, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

To be succesful in any endeavor you have to have the right tools. That old adage remains true whether you’re building a house, flying a plane, taking a picture, writing code or running a data center. For those in the latter catagory, though, cloud computing has changed the landscape. We’ve come to depend upon vendors and applications that form standard building blocks of our infrastructure, from firewalls to web servers. AppLogic was written with this in mind, of course, which is why we built our cloud without introducing new APIs for networking and storage, so you could use a broader set of apps. Now, however, we’re going to take it a step further.

3tera today announced AppStore, the next step in our Cloudware architecture announced last year. AppStore  will extend the AppLogic appliance catalog, opening it up to ISVs who want to publish their own appliances.  When fully operational in Q3, AppStore will appear as a standard part of your AppLogic catalog, always up to date with links to support and documentation for each appliance. You’ll be able to drag and drop any appliance into your applications and AppLogic will fetch it for you from the AppStore, and automatically let the publisher know about you so you can get updates and support.

For ISVs this AppStore presents new markets for their applications in cloud computing. For users, whether they’re using AppLogic in a public cloud through one of our data center partners or in a private cloud, AppStore will provide access to cutting edge tools from trusted vendors.

3tera’s Cloud Computing SLA goes live

Filed under: 3tera,AppLogic,Cloud Computing — Tags: , — barmijo — March 31, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

The devil, as they say, is in the details. When we announced the SLA for our VPDC a few weeks ago we got great reviews for pushing the envelope and standing up to enterprise grade availability requirements, but even those writing the best reviews wanted to see the details. Well the lawyers are done, and here’s the nitty gritty detail. We’ve worked hard to keep it understandable and predictable, so users know exactly where they stand.

3Tera AppLogic VPDC Service Level Agreement (SLA)

VPDC Availability Goal

3Tera’s goal is to make each Virtual Private Data Center (“VPDC”) that you obtain from 3Tera Available 100% of the time.

Availability Measurement and Remedies

If, as a result of any Covered Event(s), a Covered VPDC is not Available at least 99.999% of the time in any full calendar month, 3Tera will issue a credit to your account. If the affected VPDC was Available at least 99.9% of that month, the credit will be 10% of the Service Fee for that VPDC for that month; otherwise it will be 25% of that fee.

3Tera will monitor the availability of each VPDC, and will automatically issue any credit that is due. In addition, you may report an instance of unavailability to 3Tera, via our helpdesk, within 30 days of the date it occurred, providing the date and approximate time period of the unavailability.
Definitions

“Service Fee”: the monthly (recurring) fee paid to 3Tera for the affected VPDC. “Service Fee” does not include the fee for any other VPDC, or for support or any other services.

“Available”: a Covered VPDC is deemed Available during any period in which its VPDC controller is able to serve network requests, as indicated by 3Tera’s monitoring system or the VPDC’s system log.

“Covered VPDC” means a VPDC that, throughout the relevant month, was: (i) covered by 3Tera’s Assured Success Plan; and (ii) running only on servers located in the United States.

“Covered VPDC” does not include: (a) a single-server VPDC (“development grid”) or (b) a VPDC that, at the time it became not Available, was not running in a configuration then recommended by 3Tera.

“Covered Event”: any action, inaction, event, cause or circumstance other than the following: (i) an act or omission of you or your customer, or of any other third party not under the control of 3Tera or the Data Center; (ii) equipment, applications or systems not owned or controlled by, or services not provided by, 3Tera or the Data Center; (iii) an act of God, war, civil unrest, flood or fire; power outage lasting longer than 12 hours; internet outage, congestion or denial of service attack; or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of 3Tera or the Data Center; (iv) scheduled maintenance (including upgrades) of hardware or software, including AppLogic; (v) unscheduled maintenance required to install an urgent security update; (vi) suspension of your account or VPDC (e.g., for non-payment) or (vii) unavailability of any of your Applications or Appliances, even if occurring after an instance of unavailability of the VPDC.

“Data Center” means a person or entity, selected by 3Tera, that provides server hosting, internet connectivity and other services in connection with the affected VPDC.

Additional Terms and Conditions

1. Each credit will be issued to your account within 30 days of the end of the month for which the credit is due. Cash refunds are not available.

2. For you to be eligible for a credit, your account must be in good standing from the first day of the month for which the credit is due, until the date the credit is issued. For example, you may not have any past due invoices, or otherwise have breached any applicable EULA or Terms of Service.

3. This document states 3Tera’s sole liability and your entire remedy for any failure to meet the VPDC Availability Goal and any VPDC downtime or unavailability.

4. 3Tera reserves the right to revise or terminate this Service Level Agreement upon 60 days notice.

(SLA rev. 1-2009-03-30)

3tera’s Position on The Open Cloud Manifesto

Filed under: 3tera,Cloud Computing,Science,Startups — barmijo — March 30, 2009 @ 2:46 am

Late last week we became aware of a group of vendors promoting an Open Cloud Manifesto from a Microsoft blog post. A great deal has already been written about the manifesto and a bit of controversy it created on ZDnet, eweek, cnet, Silicon Alley Insider, and others.

The manifesto attempts to broadly define cloud computing, the issues it can create for users, and a list of principles the supporters suggest cloud vendors should adhere to:

1. Cloud providers must work together to ensure that the challenges to cloud adoption (security, integration, portability, interoperability, governance/management, metering/monitoring) are addressed through open collaboration and the appropriate use of standards.

2. Cloud providers must not use their market position to lock customers into their particular platforms and limiting (sic) their choice of providers.

3. Cloud providers must use and adopt existing standards wherever appropriate. The IT industry has invested heavily in existing standards and standards organizations; there is no need to duplicate or reinvent them.

4. When new standards (or adjustments to existing standards) are needed, we must be judicious and pragmatic to avoid creating too many standards. We must ensure that standards promote innovation and do not inhibit it.

5. Any community effort around the open cloud should be driven by customer needs, not merely the technical needs of cloud providers, and should be tested or verified against real customer requirements.

6. Cloud-computing standards organizations, advocacy groups, and communities should work together and stay coordinated, making sure that efforts do not conflict or overlap.

In the end, the manifesto simply puts in words the guiding principles 3tera has held to for the past three and a half years. We’ve embraced numerous existing standards, used open source where possible, introduced no new APIs, worked with existing management systems, ensured data portability, made sure users have a choice of providers across the globe, posted all our docs and specs online from day one, and when invited we’ve participated in interoperability discussions. We’re pleased these values are being embraced.

However, the manifesto is not without issue. First, the major cloud service providers weren’t participants in it’s creation, which raises questions about it’s viability. Second, as pointed out in the Microsoft post, acceptance is required “as is” with no acceptance of feedback. Third, it’s unclear exactly who controls the manifesto, what it’s future is, and whether there’s a process for participation in moving it forward. For these reasons, we’re holding off on endorsing the manifesto at this time.

3tera is fully committed to open cloud computing not just in principle, but in deeds. When there’s a truly open effort to define interoperability, application and data portability, and cross-cloud integration we’ll be a full participant.

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