VMware's vCloud API Still Hazy, Ambitions Are Clear
VMware's vCloud API
By: Reuven Cohen
Mar. 2, 2009 03:55 AM
VMware continues to make noise around its forthcoming vCloud API initiative. According to an announcement last week VMware has developed a new API aimed at offering service providers with the ability to easily migrate between public and private VMware-based clouds. Like the previous announcement, details are sketchy other than to say "select group" of partners are using it. When asked to comment or share a copy of the vCloud API, the companies involved indicated they were covered by an NDA. Those companies include SAVVIS, SunGard, Telefonica, Telstra and Terremark.
According to the Network World website, VMware has already submitted a draft of its VMware vCloud API to enable consistent mobility, provisioning, management, and service assurance of applications running in internal and external clouds." (What!? Did I miss something here?)
What concerns me about this is that Winston Bumpus is both President of the DMTF as well as Director of Standards Architecture at VMware. This would seem to mean that Bumpus has the ability to submit draft API specifications directly to the DMTF without any outside public review. He in effect has the ability to to define cloud standards directly, thus giving VMware a "somewhat" unfair advantage in terms of defining the future direction for standards-compliant cloud platforms, VMware based or otherwise. If the DMTF accepts the vCloud API specification, that would mean VMware essentially owns the cloud API standard. A standard that no one other then a select group of VMware's partners has ever actual had a chance to review.
I'll keep you updated as more details emerge.
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