© 2012

Cloud Standards

Agreements That Hold Together Clouds

  • Authors


  • Cloud Standards is a discussion of important existing and future standards.

  • For existing standards, the emphasis is on how they are used and practical advice to engineers constructing clouds and cloud-based services.

  • For future standards, the book focuses on why a standard is needed, what the benefits will be, and what is being done now to fill the gap.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 1-21
  3. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 23-42
  4. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 43-59
  5. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 61-88
  6. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 89-114
  7. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 115-144
  8. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 145-151
  9. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 153-198
  10. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 199-240
  11. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 241-288
  12. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 289-331
  13. Marvin Waschke
    Pages 333-345
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 347-360

About this book


Cloud computing is often described as providing computing resources the way electric utilities provide energy. In theory, anyone with an adequate connection to the Internet should be able to tap into a cloud provider and get exactly the computing resources they want when they want it, just like plugging into the electricity grid and getting exactly the energy you want when you want it. But to get that electricity, there are many standards: voltage, frequency, phase, motors constructed in standard ways—there is a long list; there is an equally long list for cloud computing. Many of the standards are already in place. Others are being developed; some in contention.  

Cloud Standards is a broad discussion of important existing and future standards. For existing standards, the discussion focuses on how they are used, providing practical advice to engineers constructing clouds and services to be deployed on clouds. For future standards, the discussion is on why a standard is needed, what the benefits will be, and what is being done now to fill the gap. No current book provides this information in the depth and detail necessary for an engineer in his work, an architect in designing cloud systems, a product manager collecting and evaluating products, or an executive evaluating the feasibility of a project. A second benefit from this book is that it provides insight into cloud implementations. Cloud implementations can be seen as the culmination of many trends in software and hardware engineering. Much of the foundation for these developments have been crystallized in the form of standards like TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) and HTTP (Hypertext Transmission Protocol). The book leads readers to understand how these contribute to and affect cloud implementations.

Unfortunately, emerging standards are often messy. Cloud implementers may need to choose between competing proposed standards. Sometimes it is better to reject the standard entirely and "roll your own." This book provides background for intelligent decisions.

Keeping a cloud, or an application implemented on a cloud, running well requires careful tuning of the implementation. Tuning often involves adjusting controls that are in the standard or applying the standard in less well-known ways. This book is an aid in tuning cloud systems for maximum benefits.

About the authors

Marvin Waschke is a senior principal software architect at CA Technologies. His career has spanned the mainframe to the cloud. He has coded, designed, and managed the development of many systems, ranging through accounting, cell tower management, enterprise service desks, configuration management, and network management. He represents CA Technologies on the the DMTF Cloud Management Working Group, DMTF Open Virtualization Format Working Group, DMTF Common Information Model REST Interface Working Group, OASIS Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) Technical Committee, DMTF Cloud Auditing Data Federation Working Group (observer), DMTF Configuration Database Federation Working Group, W3C Service Modeling Language Working Group, and OASIS OData Technical Committee (observer). He is the editor-in-chief of the CA Technology Exchange (an online technical journal) and the author of Cloud Standards: Agreements That Hold Together Clouds.

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