The broad involvement of its members could make this society the natural home for IEEE’s cloud activities. Members work in all areas of cloud computing, including hardware, middleware, and services. They’re involved with the three emerging cloud-computing models: software as a service (Saas), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) [see “A View Inside the Cloud”].
Other members focus on cloud economics, reliability, scalability, and energy requirements. Of particular concern are interoperability and federation as the basis for reaching cloud standards [see “Standards for Seamless Cloud Computing”]. In R&D, members rely on cloud-computing test beds to evaluate the technology. Also considered are security, multitenancy, and export compliance.
Through its ad hoc Committee on Cloud Communications and Networking, this society’s members deal with cloud communications, networking, management aspects of reliability and security, and meeting enterprise and carrier-grade quality requirements. Society meetings with cloud sessions include the IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium, held in April, which featured a workshop on cloud management. The IEEE Conference on Communications, in June in Ottawa, Canada, has a daylong workshop on clouds, networks, and data centers, known as CloudNetsDC, and a full day workshop on software-defined networking. The IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, cosponsored with the IEEE Computer Society, coming in July, includes a daylong workshop on management of cloud systems or MoCS, which will focus on the management issues related to the delivery of efficient green computing solutions over the cloud.