[occi-wg] Resource Types: Compute / Network / Storage

Sam Johnston samj at samj.net
Sun Apr 19 03:08:03 CDT 2009


So one thing I did see validated by the rm-wg document was the trend towards
compute/network/storage that we're fast settling on ourselves.

Our current terminology however is far more specific - we've picked up
"Drive" and "Server" from ElasticHosts for example. While this does make
sense a lot of the time there's nothing to say that OCCI can't be used for
VDI for example, where the "servers" are in fact "clients". Take it a step
further and you've got things like Dreamhost
PS<http://dreamhost.com/hosting-vps.html>which kind of like a virtual
provate server in that it behaves like one (it
can be restarted via their
API<http://wiki.dreamhost.com/API#dreamhost_ps-reboot>etc.), only it
refers to resource allocations in a shared hosting
environment or MySQL instances.

Granted that's outside of our remit but ther'es no point stopping them from
using it by choosing our terminology poorly. In fact a lot of these
functions can apply equally to physical machines as they can to lightweight
threads in an Apache process (and everything in between including, of
course, virtual machines which are currently our primary target).

I've been trying to think of other resources outside of these three main
types but even strange things like ISDN interfaces (yes, this sort of thing
does appear in enterprise data centers) can be handled via PCI passthrough
parameters on a virtual machine.

All in all, unless anyone has any concerns about this approach I'd like to
adopt this terminology throughout.

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