|[January 16, 2014]
OASIS Approves TOSCA Standard for Deployment and Operational Management of Applications across Clouds
BOSTON --(Business Wire)--
The OASIS international open standards consortium announced the approval
of the Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications
(TOSCA), Version 1.0. Designed to enhance portability, TOSCA makes it
easier to deploy and manage cloud applications throughout their
lifecycle without vendor lock-in, while maintaining application
requirements for security, governance, and compliance. TOSCA is now an
official OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of
The core value proposition of TOSCA lies in its ability to facilitate an
eco-system enabling portable application deployment to the cloud and
between compliant clouds while facilitating multi-cloud applications.
TOSCA enables portable cloud application management, e.g., scaling-in,
scaling-out, patching, etc., while supporting non-vendor-specific
application marketplaces. Now supported by most of the major software
vendors, TOSCA enables cloud applications to be portably described,
modeled, packaged, adjusted, and monitored in any cloud.
"When we began working on TOSCA in 2011, we faced concern that the
industry would not be able to come together to address the compelling
need for a standards-based approach to service and application
portability and lifecycle management," recalled Paul Lipton of CA (News - Alert)
Technologies, co-chair of the OASIS TOSCA Technical Committee. "We've
come a long way since then, and it's gratifying to see the widespread
and still growing adoption and support from both commercial solution
providers and the open source community that TOSCA now enjoys."
"Around the world, developers are turning to TOSCA to leverage their
software applications across multiple cloud environments and implement
truly open federated cloud services," said Simon Moser of IBM (News - Alert), who also
co-chairs the OASIS TOSCA group.
Evidence of TOSCA support is widespread. As part of the OASIS Standard
approval process, Statements of Use were provided by Axway, HP, Huawei,
IBM, the University of Stuttgart, and Vnomic. EuroCloud recently
featured a TOSCA interoperability demonstration with products from
Fujitsu (News - Alert), HP, Huawei, IBM, SAP, Vnomic, and Zenoss. Further
demonstrations are planned for 2014.
TOSCA is offered for implementation on a royalty-free basis. Companies,
non-profit groups, governments, academic institutions, and individuals
are welcome to participate in the OASIS TOSCA Technical Committee, which
continues to advance the standard based on recommendations and feedback
provided by the TOSCA community.
Support for TOSCA
is a great move toward the cloud, beyond IaaS, and its expansion will
allow greater freedom of choice amid the consumerization of IT
Services," said Pascal Vitoux, senior VP of development and CTO, ASG
Software Solutions. "These values are core to our Cloud Management
Platform and we are very excited about the potential an open standard
like TOSCA can bring to our customers by increasing their ability to
freely select vendors while accelerating their implementation and time
to maket for product and services."
"TOSCA will help facilitate higher levels of cloud
application and service portability without vendor lock-in," said
Shridhar Mittal, general manager of Application Delivery at CA
Technologies. "It breaks new ground as the first significant open
standard focused on the modeling, deployment and operational management
of these applications across their entire lifecycle, enabling CA
Technologies to more fully realize the power of DevOps and help our
customers tackle their business challenges."
believes that openness of cloud computing technologies is crucial for
our customers and more generally for any enterprise doing business with
such technologies. The importance of portability for enterprise
applications on various cloud computing infrastructures is increasing as
cloud computing is utilized as an enterprise IT platform. We welcome the
release of the new standard, TOSCA, in this area," said Hiroshi
Nagakura, VP, Strategy and Technology Div., Platform Strategic Planning
Unit, Fujitsu Limited.
the hybrid cloud delivery model gains traction in the market,
portability and interoperability between cloud environments and content
creation based on standards will be critical. The release of TOSCA 1.0
will play a key role in providing this capability. With HP's open and
extensible architecture for cloud management, we enable our customers to
broker services across multiple hybrid clouds via TOSCA based models and
are committed to continuing to support this standard," said Atul Garg,
VP & GM, Cloud Automation & Management, HP Software.
congratulates the TOSCA TC on the delivery of this important
specification," said Angel Diaz, IBM VP Software Standards & Cloud Labs.
"I'm proud that IBM has been a key contributor to the specification as
well as the multi-company TOSCA interop at EuroCloud, as this was
exemplary proof that TOSCA meets and delivers on the market requirement
for an Open and interoperable Cloud."
is happy to see TOSCA reach this significant milestone," said Erich
Clauer, VP, Industry Standards and Open Source (News - Alert) at SAP. "Moving advanced
enterprise application landscapes to the cloud, or moving them from one
cloud to another, is important for SAP customers and partners. TOSCA
will enable portability between cloud providers for applications like
those from SAP (News - Alert)."
"Software AG has been at forefront of leading industry
standards, recognizing the need for interoperable portable solutions for
our customers. TOSCA provides a standard and interoperable way to
describe cloud applications of next generation that are portable across
disparate cloud providers, enabling smoother migration of existing
applications to cloud. As a co-author and co-submitter of TOSCA and
active member of the TOSCA TC, we are happy to see TOSCA 1.0 attain the
status of OASIS Standard," said Rob Tiberio, Chief Architect & SVP R&D
OASIS TOSCA Technical Committee:
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the
development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global
information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces
worldwide standards for cloud computing, security, privacy, M2M, IoT,
content technologies, business transactions, emergency management, and
other applications. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower
cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right
of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly represent the
marketplace of public and private sector technology leaders, users and
influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants
representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100
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