Oracle hopes to advance the use of cloud computing and make cloud environments easier to manage with a new API.
The IT giant said the standard would let users manage public and private clouds and underlying elements like servers, storage and networks with their current management software, creating “a single pane of glass to manage workloads no matter where they’re running,” according to Developer.com.
The proposed standard would let users move seamlessly between public and private clouds to better cope with peak demand.
Oracle has released details of a proposed standard API for managing the cloud. The draft specification, released Wednesday, has been submitted to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) for inclusion with the organization’s proposed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) standard.
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.
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