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

Sam Johnston samj at samj.net
Sun Apr 19 11:37:28 CDT 2009

On Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 6:14 PM, Krishna Sankar (ksankar) <ksankar at cisco.com
> wrote:

> But then SaaS is Software over PaaS; PaaS is fabric over IaaS; IaaS is
> compute, storage and network. Isn't fabric the P is PaaS ? and in IaaS, we
> see raw compute/storage/network ?
> If we want to maintain the Software-Platform-Infrastructure terminology
> hierarchy I am fine with that. Then we should switch the fabric and the
> Compute-Storage-Network.

[Ab]use of the term "fabric <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabric_computing>"
to refer to software platforms like Azure is so far as I can tell a fairly
recent trend (and one I'm relatively unconvinced by). Granted the contept
(whereby many interconnected nodes, when viewed from a distance, appear to
be a single coherent "fabric") could be applied to both hardware and
software, but it is most often
applied<http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/f/fabric.html>to low level,
interconnected hardware such as SANs and InfiniBand... and

*What is fabric computing and how does it improve upon current server
> technology?*
> The simplest way to think about it is the next-generation architecture for
> enterprise servers. Fabric computing combines powerful server capabilities
> and advanced networking features into a single server structure.

We do need something to refer to the underlying hardware/firmware but I'm
even less convinced by proposed alternatives ("unified computing" being the
most obvious example). Perhaps "Hardware Fabric" would clarify?

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