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

colleen smith colleen1 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 19 11:53:58 CDT 2009


Terminology of Iaas is defenitely tilted toward soft view, hence why it
seems to fall into SaaS terminology. I recommend we make sure that
terminology is consistent from a software and system administrator
stand-point who often our the "owners" of this infrasture.

- Colleen

On Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 9:37 AM, 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<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
> servers<http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/community/features/interviews/blog/fabric-computing/?cs=22018>
> :
> *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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Colleen Smith
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