OASIS Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) TC
Enhancing the portability and management of cloud applications and services across their lifecycle
Table of Contents
- Latest Announcements and Technical Milestones
- Plans for TOSCA in 2016
- Older Technical Work Produced by the Committee
- Expository Work Produced by the Committee
- TC Liaisons
- TC Tools and Approved Publications
- External Resources
- Mailing Lists and Comments
- Press Coverage and Commentary
- Additional Information
NEW! 2016 April: The TOSCA Technical Committee has approved the TOSCA Simple Profile for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Version 1.0 Committee Specification Draft 03! See the TC plans for 2016 below for more details on this important TOSCA Profile!
2016 March: The TOSCA Technical Committee is pleased to note that the the second Public Review and Comment Period ended on March 25, 2016 for the TOSCA Simple Profile in YAML Version 1.0 Committee Specification Draft 05 / Public Review Draft 02.
2015 July: Companies Demonstrate Interoperability of OASIS TOSCA Standard for Cloud Portability and Lifecycle Management at OSCON: Open Source Event Features Second Public TOSCA Interoperability Demonstration by Fujitsu, IBM, Gigaspaces, and Vnomic, Plus Sessions on Using TOSCA with Docker and OpenStack.
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By the end of 2015, the TOSCA Technical Committee (TC) had successfully accelerated and finalized the development of the next generation of the TOSCA standard in the form of the first of our new TOSCA Simple Profile for YAML v1.0, which concluded its second Public Review in March 2016. Also in March 2016, working closely with many leaders in the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) community, the TC approved an important Work-in-Progress milestone, the 3rd Committee Specification Draft of the TOSCA Simple Profile for Network Function Virtualization. The TC is currently planning for similar success in cooperation with the SDN community.
For 2016, leveraging the valuable feedback and our close relationships with the rapidly growing TOSCA ecosystem of vendors, solution providers, researchers, as well as leading open source communities, such as OpenStack, Aria, and Alien4Cloud, the TC is now working to meet their real-world, 2nd generation TOSCA requirements through our new initiatives on complete state representation, testing/conformance, containers and clustering, policy, monitoring, and much more.
The TOSCA TC’s open approach, organized by agile, use case driven, ad hoc workgroups working in parallel, will continue in 2016. The TC has also formally constituted an Interoperability Subcommittee focused on testing and conformance. Additional details on all TC activities can be found below.
The TOSC TC’s Interoperability Subcommittee (Interop SC) focus is create a conformance document that describes a set of tests for both validating TOSCA template schema against the specification as well as the successful results of a TOSCA Orchestrator in deploying an application's topology, and using the OASIS Test Assertion Markup Language standard to describe the tests, their inputs, expected outputs and their linkage to the actual specification sections they can be used to validate. They plan to host and reference the actual test cases on an OASIS-approved Github repository.
Simple Profile (YAML)
The TOSCA TC’s YAML Simple Profile ad hoc workgroup has been directed to produce a v1.1 candidate specification by 3Q 2016 that would include enhanced operational policy and Event-Condition-Action model so that it can be tied to TOSCA events and monitoring work. In addition, a task-based TOSCA workflow schema will be considered that will allow TOSCA orchestrators to hand off complex operations such as installation, configuration and startup to imperative scripts and return when completed. Lastly, the use of Groups will be expanded to allow for describing clusters (with load balancing) of various applications with placement and scaling policies.
NFV and SDN
The TOSCA TC’s NFV ad hoc workgroup, recently empowered to consider SDN, as well, is working to verify how TOSCA NFV models can describe Network Services composed of Virtual Network Functions and, in turn, composed of Virtualized Deployment Units using network traffic flow descriptors, called Forwarding Graphs. In order to do this, we are working closely with the ETSI NFV standards Working Group and related NFV communities. For example, the open source OpenStack Tacker (NFV Orchestration) project is working to use actual TOSCA Service Templates as input to deploy virtual Network Routers, Switches and Multi-Function devices.
The TOSCA TC’s Instance Model ad hoc workgroup is tasked with providing a complete representation of the state of a TOSCA service template deployment so that it can be understood and appreciated by the owner, a workflow can change it, the state or topology changes can be understood over time, lifecycle operations can be manually applied to parts of it, and relationship operations can be defined on specific instances. Addition effort will be taken to enable testing and validation of TOSCA interpreters and orchestrators.
Containers and Clustering
The TOSCA TC’s Container and Clustering ad hoc workgroup has been empowered to expand its focus to include how to define clusters of homogeneous and heterogeneous containers and provide standard capabilities that allow containers to describe abstract Compute, Network, and Storage requirements, as well as provide overall load balancing and scaling of both individual containers and the clusters themselves. The group is also exploring the description of clusters of other types of software, the description of clusters of software that uses various master-slave patterns and databases that are “sharded.”
The TOSCA TC’s Monitoring ad hoc workgroup has been directed to continue its work on monitoring and hopes to finish the work in June, 2016. It has been suggested that this spec’s addendum include full examples to be published in the above-mentioned, proposed OASIS-approved GitHub repo or the TC’s Wiki. The examples will also try to propose potential implementation hints with different monitoring systems and approaches to demonstrate one possible usage.
The OASIS TOSCA TC works to enhance the portability of cloud applications and services. TOSCA will enable the interoperable description of application and infrastructure cloud services, the relationships between parts of the service, and the operational behavior of these services (e.g., deploy, patch, shutdown)--independent of the supplier creating the service, and any particular cloud provider or hosting technology. TOSCA will also make it possible for higher-level operational behavior to be associated with cloud infrastructure management.
By increasing service and application portability in a vendor-neutral ecosystem, TOSCA will enable:
- Portable deployment to any compliant cloud
- Smoother migration of existing applications to the cloud
- Flexible bursting (consumer choice)
- Dynamic, multi-cloud provider applications
For more information, see the TC Charter.
IMPORTANT: See also the Latest Announcements and Technical Milestones produced by the TOSCA Technical Committee.
November 2013: Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) Version 1.0 is now an OASIS Standard. The Standard is available in PDF (authoritative), HTML, and editable source formats. The complete specification including the schema can also be downloaded in this ZIP file
2013 February: A non-normative Primer for TOSCA Version 1.0 is now available.
The following subcommittee is active.
TC liaison to ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC38 WG3 - Mike Edwards
TC liaison to ETSI NFV - Li Shitao and Chin Qinjin
Although not produced by the OASIS TOSCA TC, the Open DataCenter Alliance also conducted a proof-of-concept based on TOSCA v1.0 that may also be of interest. See the press release of January 8, 2014 with links for more information.
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- Companies Demonstrate Interoperability of OASIS TOSCA Standard for Cloud Portability and Lifecycle Management at OSCON: Open Source Event Features Second Public TOSCA Interoperability Demonstration by Fujitsu, IBM, Gigaspaces, and Vnomic, Plus Sessions on Using TOSCA with Docker and OpenStack; 20 July 2015
- "OASIS spec alleviates vendor lock-in woes in multi-cloud environments", 28 Mar 2015
- OASIS Approves TOSCA Standard for Deployment and Operational Management of Applications across Clouds, 16 Jan 2014
- TOSCA v1.0 Committee Specification 01 published by the TOSCA TC
- OASIS Forms TOSCA Technical Committee to Advance Open Standard for Cloud Portability, 16 Jan 2012
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- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
- Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
- Intel Corporation
- Red Hat
- SAP SE
- VMware, Inc.
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