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Cloud Standards Coordination

Welcome to the Wiki site for Cloud Standards Coordination. The goal of this wiki is to document the activities of the various SDOs working on Cloud standards.


Our work has been announced in a Press Release.

We plan to follow the same process as was used to create the group known as the Standards Development Organization Collaboration on Networked Resources Management (SCRM-WG): SCRM wiki

This includes the development of a Cloud Landscape to overview the various efforts and introduce terms and definitions that allow each standard to be described in common language, and an entry for each standard categorized by organization.

We are working on a Template to use in describing each standard.

Below are descriptions of each group with pointers to their efforts (each group has provided their own description).

Cloud Security Alliance

The Cloud Security Alliance was created to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing

Covers key issues and provides advice for both Cloud Computing customers and providers within 15 strategic domains.

Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF)

Open Cloud Standards Incubator

DMTF’s Open Cloud Standards Incubator will focus on standardizing interactions between cloud environments by developing cloud resource management protocols, packaging formats and security mechanisms to facilitate interoperability.

Open Virtualization Format (OVF)

DSP0243 Open Virtualization Format (OVF) V1.0.0

This specification describes an open, secure, portable, efficient and extensible format for the packaging and distribution of software to be run in virtual machines.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)


ETSI Technical Committee (TC) GRID is updating its terms of reference to include the emerging commercial trend towards Cloud computing which places particular emphasis on ubiquitous network access to scalable computing and storage resources. Since TC GRID has particular interest in interoperable solutions in situations which involve contributions from both the IT and Telecom industries, the emphasis is on the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivery model.

Open Grid Forum (OGF)

Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) Working Group

The purpose of this group is the creation of a practical solution to interface with Cloud infrastructures exposed as a service (IaaS). We will focus on a solution which covers the provisioning, monitoring and definition of Cloud Infrastructure services. The group should create this API in an agile way as we can have advantages over other groups if we deliver fast. Overlapping work and efforts will be contributed and synchronized with other groups.

Open Cloud Computing Interface Specification

Object Management Group (OMG)

OMG’s focus is always on modeling, and the first specific cloud-related specification efforts have only just begun, focusing on modeling deployment of applications & services on clouds for portability, interoperability & reuse.

Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)


The SNIA has created the Cloud Storage Technical Work Group for the purpose of developing SNIA Architecture related to system implementations of Cloud Storage technology. The Cloud Storage TWG:

  • Acts as the primary technical entity for the SNIA to identify, develop, and coordinate systems standards for Cloud Storage.
  • Produces a comprehensive set of specifications and drives consistency of interface standards and messages across the various Cloud Storage related efforts.
  • Documents system-level requirements and shares these with other Cloud Storage standards organizations under the guidance of the SNIA Technical Council and in cooperation with the SNIA Strategic Alliances Committee

SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI)

Open Cloud Consortium (OCC)

The Open Cloud Consortium (OCC)

  • Supports the development of standards for cloud computing and frameworks for interoperating between clouds;
  • develops benchmarks for cloud computing; and
  • supports reference implementations for cloud computing, preferably open source reference implementations.

The OCC has a particular focus in large data clouds. It has developed the MalStone Benchmark for large data clouds and is working on a reference model for large data clouds.

Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)


OASIS drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. The source of many of the foundational standards in use today, OASIS sees Cloud Computing as a natural extension of SOA and network management models. The OASIS technical agenda is set by members, many of whom are deeply committed to building Cloud models, profiles, and extensions on existing standards, including:

  • Security, access and identity policy standards — e.g., OASIS SAML, XACML, SPML, WS-SecurityPolicy, WS-Trust, WS-Federation, KMIP, and ORMS.
  • Content, format control and data import/export standards — e.g., OASIS ODF, DITA, CMIS, and SDD.
  • Registry, repository and directory standards — e.g., OASIS ebXML and UDDI.
  • SOA methods and models, network management, service quality and interoperability — e.g., OASIS SCA, SDO, SOA-RM, and BPEL.

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