The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is developing an Intercloud Testbed to show how various types of cloud computing environments can combine and exchange data. IEEE announced the project in October, and its founding organizations said they intend to achieve cloud-to-cloud interoperability and federation capabilities, which also will facilitate the development of IEEE's upcoming P2302 standard for cloud-to-cloud interworking.
The IEEE Intercloud Testbed's international founding members comprise 21 cloud and network service providers, cloud-enabling companies, and academic and industry research institutions that have volunteered to provide their own cloud implementations and expertise to the shared testbed.
A network-to-network interface architecture serves as the basis for the testbed as well as the IEEE cloud interoperability standard, and IEEE notes it is similar to the approach used to create the Internet. The National Institute of Standards and Technology's John Messina predicts that within five years, a set of global interoperability standards will enable the formation of an "intercloud" allowing firm integration between multiple clouds.
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