Realization of Open Cloud Computing Standards, Forums and Platforms

  • G M SiddeshEmail author
  • K G Srinivasa
Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)


With the increased popularity of cloud computing, there is an increase in demand for resources among the heterogeneous workload types in the cloud environment. However, major concerns in this domain refer to the issues like scalability, security, trust, interoperability, loss of control and the problem of vendor lock-in. The hype of this emerging technology has resulted in a huge number of standards and frameworks in this domain. In this context, open standards present the solution to manage the cloud environment by integrating openness in the standards so that everyone benefits by reducing the time to switch among the service providers. In this regard, there is a great need for an open cloud in the present information technology (IT) domain that needs to manage thousands of resources with applications, which are distributed in nature to handle the issues in the cloud. Open cloud guarantees the users to select the best technologies now and in the future. There is a great need among users and developers for standardizing the cloud frameworks, which lead to the evolution of different open cloud forums. These forums have the responsibility to define and design standards for various services in the cloud so that openness and interoperability can be achieved. Open cloud forums do not aim towards achieving a single homogeneous cloud environment, but as the cloud matures several key principles of cloud must be followed to ensure openness. Open cloud forums are community driven and ensure universal acceptance of open standard formats and interfaces. This chapter presents the understanding of open clouds and their underlying principle, provides an introduction to open cloud standards and their benefits, and discusses the understanding of open cloud forums, their goals and contributions. The chapter also presents a discussion of some well-known open-source cloud platforms, in particular OpenStack, Nimbus, Open Nebula and Eucalyptus.


Cloud computing Eucalyptus Nimbus Open cloud Open cloud forum Open cloud standard Open Nebula OpenStack 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information Science & EngineeringM S Ramaiah Institute of TechnologyBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science & EngineeringM S Ramaiah Institute of TechnologyBangaloreIndia

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