ISO/IEC 17826, “Information technology – Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI)”, has just been released. The new 2nd Edition is the adoption of the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) CDMI publication version 1.1.1. It replaces the 1st Edition from 2012. This 1st Edition was originally authored by SNIA as well.
SNIA is a consortium, with voting and non-voting members from across the networking community. The CDMI standard was written specifically for application developers who are implementing or using cloud storage. After the document was accepted and published by SNIA, it was presented to JTC1 (the joint technical committee 1 of ISO and IEC) for adoption. So the ISO/IEC 17826 is a PAS, or publicly available specification. This is not an uncommon route for a consortium standard to take.
The ISO/IEC 17826 is a lengthy document, coming in at 282 pages. In many ways, the structure of the document is the same as many ISO/IEC software standards. There are scope, referenced documents, and terminology clauses to open the material. Next “conventions” are reviewed. These are the use of various fonts and formats introduced for clarity. Then an overview of cloud storage itself is provided.
Then the document gets right into the technical material. Areas covered include basic cloud storage, the CDMI core, Advanced CDMI, and Annex A on extensions. A 10-item bibliography completes the publication.
One concern that often accompanies standards of this type is the issue of patents and other intellectual property issues. In this case, SNIA does provide for the use of the contents of the standard in a permission statement at the beginning of the publication. Here the extent to which you can use the document and its text, charts, tables and so on is clearly spelled out. And a license for the use of the code fragments, samples, etc. is also provided. Those of you who are familiar with law suits concerning the use of various software code (like Java) will be relieved to see this statement.
Cloud computing and storage have become an essential part of the modern computer era. It’s software standards like the ISO/IEC 17826 that provide us with the unseen foundations of our everyday activities. Without these detailed guides on proper protocol the industry would not be able to move forward as fast as it has.
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