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Winston Bumpus

Open Standards

Biography

Winston Bumpus, Director of Standards Architecture at VMware, has had over 40 years of experience in the computer industry. He is currently the President of the DMTF. He has chaired activities in other standards organizations including, OASIS, and The Open Group.

Prior to VMware he was Director of Systems Management Architecture at Dell and he was also Director of Open Technologies at Novell, Inc. He is co-author of the books "Common Information Model" and "The Foundations of Application Management." He has participated in the DMTF for over 15 years and worked on its early development of the Common Information Model (CIM) and Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standards and founded and chaired its Application Management Working Group.

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Open Standards and Open Source in the Mobile-Cloud Era

December 12, 2014
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Having been a part of industry standards for over 20 years, I am able to see the changing landscape of Open Standards and Open Source in the new Mobile-Cloud era. The shifts in the role standards and open source are playing today are much different from what it was 20 years ago. They have been evolving to accelerate innovation and interoperability in this time of our ever increasing dependence on information technology. In 1994 (20 years ago) during the Client-Server era, AOL, Prodigy and CompuServe were providers delivering dialup services to consumers. These were mostly isolated repositories of information with very little interoperability. At that same time, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was established to standardize HTML and an HTTP working...

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The Open Software-Defined Data Center Incubator

May 28, 2013
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As I’ve shared before, the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has been engaged for many years in the development of IT infrastructure management standards. In fact, these standards have become the underpinnings of today’s systems management infrastructure and also enable the scalability of current data centers. Beyond this activity, the DMTF also developed standards for virtualization and cloud management that have now been adopted on a national and international level . These standards have helped improve the interoperability of management tools and standards has improve portability of workloads between various platforms as outlined in the recent Open Data Center Alliance tests on VM imteroperability . Building upon this work, the DMTF today announced the Open Software-Defined Data Center...

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OVF 2.0 is here!

January 29, 2013
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Over the past several years OVF (Open Virtualization Format) has been one of the most popular and widely adopted standards in the IaaS space. In fact, it’s the only national and international standard for virtualization and cloud computing.

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2013 Predictions: Open Cloud Standards

December 11, 2012
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It has been about three years since we started this journey to create interoperable cloud standards, and we’ve seen so much progress made by the industry. OVF 1.1 became the first national and first international standard for virtualization and clouds. The industry recently released the Cloud infrastructure Management Interface Standard (CIMI) as well as an OVF 2.0 specification on the way. We saw the launch of a number of interoperability events that start to test early implementations of cloud interface specifications. OVF is now supported by industry players beyond VMware, including Citrix, Microsoft and Amazon 2013 will be an important year for cloud as customers continue on their journey from virtualized datacenters to a hybrid cloud model. Many organizations have implemented some...

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Consistent Auditing in the Cloud Era

November 13, 2012
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With the growth of cloud computing and the increase of customers deploying workloads in hybrid clouds, having the ability to audit information in a standard way across multiple cloud platforms has come to the forefront. The good news is that a lot of work has already been done in this area. The DMTF addressed this need with a new initiative launched last year that looks at the ability to create open standards to federate and expose auditing data for cloud consumers. While it’s still early, I expect that over time this direction will give cloud consumers more confidence that their data is safe and that they’re getting what they paid for.

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NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop V

June 13, 2012
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I had the pleasure to participate in the NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop V , held last week in Washington DC. The event had a mixture of participants from the public sector, private sector and standards development organizations (SDOs) and was an interesting look into the state of cloud computing standards as we reach the middle of the journey to maturity in cloud computing.

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