[occi-wg] name-based access to resources

Gary Mazz garymazzaferro at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 19:38:17 CDT 2009

I believe though discussions, multiple was sidelined to be examined in a 
later revision. If you could, place it on the issues list.


Adrian Cole wrote:
> Hello, WG.
> In re-reading the OCCI spec, something became clear to me I frankly
> hadn't noticed before:  All operations require system-generated ids.
> POST creates an object and returns a url containing its UUID.  All
> other operations require this UUID.  UUIDs are important, and there
> will be systems that should use this for efficiency's sake.  However,
> moderate use would pretty much require users to store a mapping
> between what they call a resource and its UUID.  This mapping would
> end up as another table or cache that clients would need to maintain.
> The alternate path is a name-based interface to the system that allows
> access to resources based on ids the client decides.  A good example
> of this is atmos online, where they have 2 interfaces: /objects and
> /namespace but offer the same methods on each.  For convenience,
> namespace methods return the UUID in a response header, so one can
> later switch.  Regardless, clients do not need to parse metadata or
> listings to access their resources as they are available by their
> natural names.
> Is this something we can consider supporting in OCCI?
> Regards,
> -Adrian
> jclouds
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