Oracle Proposes Cloud Management Standard
On the heels of the release of its Exalogic cloud in a box system and as part of its continuing effort to dominate the cloud, Oracle has proposed a standard API for cloud management. The draft specification has been submitted to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) for inclusion with the organization's proposed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) standard, according to this report from Developer.com.
The computer giant said its proposed Oracle Cloud Elemental Resource Model API covers the common elements of a cloud implementation by specifying the relevant machines, storage volumes and networks. Specifically, the spec submitted to the DMTF describes how a machine can be provisioned from an image; how a volume can be attached to a machine; and how a machine can connect to a network.
Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) said the goal of its proposal is to encourage open standards, noting the Oracle Cloud API follows the Representational State Transfer (REST) architecture style and uses HTTP methods to interact with the resources to achieve provisioning, associating, modifying, and retiring of entities. The idea is that broad adoption of open standards in the fast-growing cloud computing space will simplify adoption and management of cloud resources.
The Oracle API standard we're proposing is for managing cloud resources with openness and portability across clouds and the ability to move workloads easily among clouds. The API abstracts away the underlying cloud components, meaning you don't need to know the things below and companies can focus on innovating on top that matter to them, Rex Wang, vice president of product marketing at Oracle, told InternetNews.com.
Oracle said the proposed API leverages virtualization, clustering and dynamic provisioning across all layers of the stack to make sure users can easily and efficiently manage their cloud-based resources with a high degree of flexibility and utilization and reduced costs.
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