November 3, 2010 – Oracle joined an increasingly active industry-wide move toward cloud computing standards Wednesday with the submission of a cloud management interface to a group that promotes multivendor interoperability.

Oracle submitted its cloud computing management infrastructure, Oracle Cloud Resource Model Application Programming Interface, or Oracle API, to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) for consideration under its proposed infrastructure as a service cloud API standard.

Specifications submitted to DMTF outline how a machine can be prepared from an image, attached to a machine and connected to a network, which Oracle stated makes the basis for open standardization in the industry. The Oracle Cloud API uses HTTP methods to interact with resources and follows the Representational State Transfer (REST) architecture style, according to a company news release.

Based in Portland, Ore., DMTF includes 160 member companies and is led by technology corporations including Oracle, Intel, EMC, IBM, Microsoft, VMware, Dell and Cisco.

Mike Baskey, DMTF chairman, said in a news release: “As the use of cloud environments accelerates, the industry needs to consolidate on a set of accepted standards. Contributions like the Oracle Cloud Elemental Model subset of the API will help speed development and adoption of cloud-related standards.”

Oracle’s standards contribution comes less than a week after Intel announced it will lead a consortium of nontech companies on their cloud needs and standards expectations.

In a news release, Oracle vice president Sushil Kumar said standards will “improve service levels and the overall end-user experience.”

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