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1st Technical Standard for Cloud -- SOCCI from The Open Group

The Open Group just announced the availability of its first Technical Standard for the Cloud -- Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure Framework (SOCCI), which outlines the concepts and architectural building blocks necessary for infrastructures to support SOA and Cloud initiatives.  HP has played a leadership role in the definition and evolution of this Standard within The Open Group. 


As a Platinum member of The Open Group, HP's involvement started with the leadership of the Service Oriented Infrastructure project that was co-chaired by E.G.Nadhan (HP).  As the Cloud Work Group started taking shape within The Open Group, I suggested expanding this project into the Cloud Work Group which resulted in the formation of the Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure project co-chaired by E.G.Nadhan (HP) and TIna Abdollah (IBM) operating under the auspices of both the SOA Work Group and the Cloud Work Group. 


Infrastructure has been traditionally provisioned in a physical manner. With the evolution of virtualization technologies and application of service-orientation to infrastructure, it can now be offered as a service. SOCCI is the realization of an enabling framework of service-oriented components for infrastructure to be provided as a service in the cloud.


"Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure (SOCCI) is a classic intersection of multiple paradigms in the industry – infrastructure virtualization, service-orientation and the cloud – an inevitable convergence," said Tom Hall, Global Product Marketing Manager, Cloud and SOA Applications, HP Enterprise Services. "HP welcomes the release of the industry's first cloud computing standard by The Open Group. This standard provides a strong foundation for HP and The Open Group to work together to evolve additional standards in the SOA and Cloud domains."


This standard can be leveraged in one or more of the following ways:


  • Comprehend Service Orientation and Cloud synergies
  • Extend adoption of  traditional and service-oriented infrastructure in the cloud
  • Leverage Consumer, Provider and Developer viewpoints
  • Incorporate SOCCI building blocks into the Enterprise Architecture
  • Implement cloud-based solutions using different infrastructure deployment models
  • Realize business solutions referencing the SOCCI Business Scenario
  • Apply Cloud Governance considerations and recommendations


The Open Group also announced the availability of the SOA Reference Architecture, a blueprint for creating and evaluating SOA Solutions.


Standards go through a series of evolution phases as I outline in my post on Evolution of IaaS standards.  The announcement of the SOCCI Technical Standard will give some impetus to the evolution of IaaS standards in the Cloud somewhere between the Experience and Consensus phases.


It was a very positive experience co-chairing the evolution of the SOCCI standard within The Open Group working with other member companies from several enterprises with varied perspectives.


Have you taken a look at this standard?  If not, please do so.  If so, where and how do you think this standard could be adopted?  Are there ways that the standard can be improved in future releases to make it better suited for broader adoption?  Please let me know.


Jeff_Raugh | ‎01-20-2012 03:43 PM

Nadhan, thanks for this post and thanks for your leadership in developing this standard. I think this is a significant development in Cloud maturity.


I believe service orientation is an important tool for bringing the IT conversation up to a business benefits level. By staying focused on what is important to our customers and keeping the IT deliverables aligned around services, we have a good chance of being credible and trusted partners.


Personally I plan to use the SOCCI standard to help me in services sales situations. By keeping the conversation oriented around architectural approaches to solving customer problems I will bring value. Thanks for helping me put one more tool in my toolbelt. I trust that Open Group will help bring exposure and context to this groundbreaking work.


SOCCI will also be a good reference as we develop standards in related areas, such as Cloud Interoperability and Portability .....and of course Cloud Governance.

Nadhan | ‎01-20-2012 06:30 PM

CloudChampion: Glad to see that you plan on using the SOCCI standard.  Please do consider sharing the feedback based on your usage of this standard and circling it back to me and The Open Group.  Also: if you and others are interested, I am co-chairing the Cloud Governance project within The Open Group.  Interested parties are more than welcome by clicking here to join.

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