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Nov 3 2010   3:28PM GMT

Oracle cloud computing API standard proposed

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Oracle Corp. today submitted its proposed API for a cloud computing interface standard, something the Distributed Management Task Force is working on building.

Rex Wang, vice president of product marketing at Oracle, said the proposal is Oracle’s way of getting its input into a future cloud computing interoperability standard.

Wang explained that Oracle’s proposal is called the Oracle Cloud Resource API. According to him, the API consists of two main pieces.

The first piece is a resource model that defines the relationship between components in a cloud computing environment; for example, the relationship between a virtual machine image, the application running on top of it, and the networking infrastructure running underneath it.

The second is that the API is based on the Representational State Transfer (REST), a common architecture among web developers.

The DMTF is an industry organization that develops standards for systems management in IT computing environments. Last year it started an Open Cloud Standards Incubator in the hope of developing a common cloud computing interoperability standard. Aside from Oracle, other major players in DMTF include HP, IBM, Dell, Microsoft and Intel.

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