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

Alexis Richardson alexis.richardson at gmail.com
Sun Apr 19 11:38:40 CDT 2009

Fabric is also used to refer to PaaS:

I suggest we drop the word 'fabric'.

On Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 5:37 PM, Sam Johnston <samj at samj.net> wrote:
> 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" 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 to low level,
> interconnected hardware such as SANs and InfiniBand... and servers:
>> 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?
> Sam

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