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Question 28/13 – Cloud computing resource management and virtualization
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1. Motivation

Cloud computing is a model for enabling service user’s ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services), that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. The cloud computing model is composed of five essential characteristics (on-demand, delivery over a broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, self and measured services), five cloud computing service categories, i.e., Software as a Service (SaaS), Communication as a Service (CaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Network as a Service (NaaS), and different deployment models (public, private, hybrid…).

Cloud computing was considered for several years as information technology service-centric and controlled by Internet players. However telecommunication players have an important role to play in the emerging cloud computing market and ecosystem. The telecommunication network is a central part for multi-tenant cloud computing architecture delivering multi-services for multi-users with high QoS and optimal resource allocation.

According to the recommendations of the Focus Group on cloud computing, cloud computing resource management, virtual application/multi-tenancy and network virtualization are considered important study items.

The primary focus of this Question is to provide specifications for cloud computing resource management, and the use of virtualization techniques for cloud applications and networks.

This Question is intended to develop new Recommendations for:
  • cloud computing resource management;
  • virtual application and multi-tenancy;
  • network virtualization for cloud computing.

2. Question

Study items to be considered include:
  • What new Recommendations should be developed regarding the management of cloud computing resources?
  • What new Recommendations should be developed regarding the application virtualization, multi-tenancy and the use of network virtualization in cloud computing?
  • What collaboration is necessary to minimize duplication of efforts with other SDOs?

3. Tasks

Tasks include:
  • Developing Recommendations for cloud computing resources management.
  • Developing Recommendations for application virtualization and cloud-computing-based full network virtualization.
  • Providing the necessary collaboration with external SDOs, consortia and forums working on cloud computing architectures and infrastructures, such as ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38, DMTF, and SNIA.

4. Relationships

Questions: All cloud computing related SG 13 Questions (Q.26/13, Q.27/13, Q.4/13 and Q.21/13)

Study groups: SG 17 for cloud computing security

Standardization bodies, forums and consortia:
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38
  • Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF)
  • Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)


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