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

Krishna Sankar (ksankar) ksankar at cisco.com
Sun Apr 19 11:39:38 CDT 2009

And say "Cloud has no clothes" ;o)

|-----Original Message-----
|From: Alexis Richardson [mailto:alexis.richardson at gmail.com]
|Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2009 9:39 AM
|To: Sam Johnston
|Cc: Krishna Sankar (ksankar); occi-wg at ogf.org
|Subject: Re: [occi-wg] Resource Types: Compute / Network / Storage
|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
|>> 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
|>> hierarchy I am fine with that. Then we should switch the fabric and
|>> Compute-Storage-Network.
|> [Ab]use of the term "fabric" to refer to software platforms like
|is so
|> far as I can tell a fairly recent trend (and one I'm relatively
|> by). Granted the contept (whereby many interconnected nodes, when
|> from a distance, appear to be a single coherent "fabric") could be
|> to both hardware and software, but it is most often applied to low
|> 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
|>> and advanced networking features into a single server structure.
|> We do need something to refer to the underlying hardware/firmware but
|> even less convinced by proposed alternatives ("unified computing"
|being the
|> most obvious example). Perhaps "Hardware Fabric" would clarify?
|> Sam

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