Momentum towards greater interoperability between cloud services has
been achieved with the announcement of new work in ITU.
ITU-T’s Study Group 13 (SG 13) has created a new Working Party (WP)
on cloud computing, tasked with progressing the Technical Reports
that were the output of a previous Focus Group on Cloud Computing
(FG Cloud) towards formalization as ITU-T Recommendations.
Cloud computing is an industry expected to grow at an annual growth
rate of roughly 30 per cent, consequently more than quadrupling in
size between 2010 and 2015 to become an industry worth approximately
$120billion.However, concerns with the portability – freedom to
transfer data between the clouds of different providers - and the
interoperability of cloud solutions has led to calls for
standardization to fuel further industry growth (see ITU-T Techwatch
Report, “Distributed Computing: Utilities, Grids and Clouds”).
Jamil Chawki of France Telecom Orange was appointed Chair of the WP,
which will take responsibility for existing SG 13 work on cloud
computing as well as three new Questions:
The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI),
ZTE Corporation and Microsoft, in addition to France Telecom Orange,
are all very active within both ITU and the cloud computing field,
and ITU is pleased to see these Questions placed in such capable
- Cloud computing ecosystem, inter-cloud and general requirements;
Chaired by Kangchan Lee (ETRI, Korea)
- Cloud functional architecture, infrastructure and networking;
Chaired by Mingdong Li (ZTE, China)
- Cloud computing resource management and virtualization; Chaired by
Richard C. Brackney (Microsoft, USA)
In addition, SG 13 has appointed Monique Morrow of Cisco Systems as
convener of the recently-established Joint Coordination Activity
(JCA) on Cloud Computing . The JCA will coordinate the
multi-dimensional study of cloud computing within the ITU, and will
act as a point of contact for other organizations seeking to
contribute to this work.
ITU’s cloud computing work has already attracted a great deal of
interest resulting in several new memberships.
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