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OMG targets data residency in the cloud with new working group

The OMG is forming a working group to develop practical solutions for managing data residency requirements in cloud services

The OMG is forming a working group to develop practical solutions for managing data residency requirements in cloud 

The Object Management Group (OMG) has formed a new working group to study issues of documenting and controlling data across distributed cloud environments, a big inhibitor of cloud for those with strict data sovereignty requirements.

OMG’s Data Residency Working Group will study how to document and control data and online documents where they physically reside, and work with experts to provide practical, multi-disciplinary solutions to help organisations manage the growing gap between regulation and technology.

Richard Soley, chairman and chief executive of OMG said the move is in response to growing uptake of cloud services, at a time when data residency and data privacy laws don’t necessarily align with the technology trend.

“There is a groundswell of concern about data residency, especially in Europe,” Soley said.

“For example, European Union Safe Harbour Principles mandate that companies outside the EU that store Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about EU residents must comply with EU data protection requirements. Many other countries have also restricted how data originating within their borders can be stored abroad.”

“The goal of the Working Group is to develop a taxonomy to help organizations realize the promise of cloud computing while complying with new and evolving privacy regulations, and user demands for data residency.”

Data residency is a huge challenge for many firms looking to use cloud services, in part because it’s difficult to satisfy regulatory requirements for keeping data in-country; data is often sharded or backed up in a range of different locations, particularly for platforms offered by some of the larger geographically distributed cloud service providers. Forming consensus around standard, practical procedures to manage data residency within the context of cloud specifically could go some way towards satisfying regulators in certain niches (i.e. financial services, healthcare) and allowing enterprises to broaden their options when it comes to their IT systems.

Seth Proctor, chief technology officer of NuoDB, a database firm that recently worked with the OMG to survey its members on their data woes, said the organisations recently found nearly nine in ten respondents claimed to have data residency challenges.

“As data increasingly is accessed and shared across geographic boundaries, governmental and other regulatory agencies worldwide have begun adopting stringent laws and regulations about how data can be collected, stored, shared, and transferred,” Proctor said.

“To meet these new data protection and privacy requirements, we need consistency in how we define, discuss, and address the issue of data residency, so that we as an industry can create practical solutions.”

For those of you who may be interested in participating, the Data Residency Working Group is due to have its first meeting in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday June 16.

DMTF Releases Specification for Simplifying Cloud Infrastructure Management

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), the organization bringing the IT industry together to collaborate on systems management standards development, validation, promotion and adoption, today announced the release of the new Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface (CIMI) specification. The new specification standardizes interactions between cloud environments to achieve interoperable cloud infrastructure management between service providers and their consumers and developers, enabling users to manage their cloud infrastructure use easily and without complexity.

Cloud computing allows customers to improve the efficiency, availability and flexibility of their IT systems over time. As companies have adopted cloud computing, vendors have embraced the need to provide interoperability between enterprise computing and cloud services. DMTF developed CIMI as a self-service interface for infrastructure clouds, allowing users to dynamically provision, configure and administer their cloud usage with a high-level interface that greatly simplifies cloud systems management.

“The CIMI standard is a critical piece for cloud infrastructure management because it alleviates complexity while improving flexibility, portability and security,” said Winston Bumpus, Chairman of the Board, DMTF. “With the release of the CIMI v1.0 specification, DMTF offers a well-rounded, industry-wide solution for simplifying cloud infrastructure management.”

Today’s release includes two components:

  • Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface – (CIMI) Model and REST
    Interface over HTTP Specification
  • Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface – (CIMI) Primer

The CIMI specification is the centerpiece of DMTF’s Cloud Management Initiative, and is the first standard created by the Cloud Management Working Group (CMWG). DMTF’s Cloud Management Initiative includes contributions from additional working groups including the Cloud Auditing Data Federation Working Group (CADF WG), the Network Services Management Working Group (NSM WG), the Software License Management (SLM) Incubator and the System Virtualization, Partitioning, and Clustering Working Group (SVPC WG). Additional announcements are expected from DMTF cloud-related working groups early next year.

DMTF working groups and incubators collaborate with a number of industry organizations in an effort to unify their cloud management initiatives. These organizations include the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA), the China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI), the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the Open Grid Forum (OGF), the Object Management Group (OMG), The Open Group (TOG), the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), the Global Inter-Cloud Technology Forum (GICTF) and the TeleManagement Forum (TMF).

For additional information on DMTF’s cloud efforts, including specifications, whitepapers and charters, visit