SC 38

Revision February 2017

JTC 1/SC 38 Cloud computing and distributed platforms

SCOPE

The scope of SC 38 is

Standardization in the area of Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms including but not limited to:

  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Service Level Agreement
  • Interoperability and Portability
  • Data and their Flow Across Devices and Cloud Services

HISTORY

SC 38, Distributed Application Platform and Services, was established at the 2009 JTC 1 Plenary meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel to work in three related technology areas: Web Services, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Cloud Computing.  At its first Plenary meeting in April 2010 in Beijing, SC 38 established three subgroups:

Working Group 1 on Web Services

Terms of Reference:

  • Maintain previously approved standards from WS-I PAS submissions: ISO/IEC 29361, ISO/IEC 29362, and ISO/IEC 29363.
  • Maintain possible future JTC 1 PAS and Fast Track developed ISO/IEC standards in the area of Web Services.
  • Investigate where web service related standardization is already ongoing in JTC 1 entities.
  • Investigate gaps and commonalities in work in “iii” above.

Working Group 2 on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Terms of Reference:

  • Enumerate SOA principles.
  • Coordinate SOA related activities in JTC 1.
  • Investigate where SOA related standardization is already ongoing in JTC 1 entities.
  • Investigate gaps and commonalities in work in “iii” above, such as SOA governance and management, the latter including lifecycle aspects.
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant SDOs and consortia related to SOA.
  • Maintain possible future JTC 1 PAS and Fast Track developed ISO/IEC standards in the area of SOA.

Study Group on Cloud Computing (SGCC)

Terms of Reference:

  • Provide a taxonomy, terminology and value proposition for Cloud Computing.
  • Assess the current state of standardization in Cloud Computing within JTC 1 and in other SDOs and consortia beginning with document JTC 1 N 9687.
  • Document standardization market/business/user requirements and the challenges to be addressed.
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant SDOs and consortia related to Cloud Computing.
  • Hold open meetings to gather requirements as needed from a wide range of interested organizations.
  • Provide a report of activities and recommendations to SC 38

STRUCTURE AND WORKING GROUPS

As the program of work of SC 38 evolved, the title and structure of SC 38 was modified to accommodate the changing landscape.  Working Group 1, Working Group 2 and the Study Group were disbanded as their work came to completion and new Working Groups were established to develop new work items.  SC 38 carries out its current active program of work utilizing the following Working Groups:

Working Group 3 on Cloud Computing Service Level Agreements (CCSLA)

Terms of Reference:

Progress Project ISO/IEC 19086, which has the following scope:

  • Provide an overview of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for cloud services
  • Describe relationship between the Master Agreement and SLAs
  • Describe SLA components that can be used within a framework to build SLAs
  • Define Terms commonly used in Service Level Agreements for cloud services
  • Define Metrics associated with cloud services SLAs
  • Define Core Requirements for cloud services SLAs

Establish liaisons and collaborate with other entities within JTC 1, SDOs and consortia performing work related to cloud SLAs

Working Group 4 on Cloud Computing Interoperability and Portability

Terms of Reference:

Progress NP 19941, which has the scope of:

  • Establish terminologies for use in understanding core fundamental concepts of interoperability and portability relating to cloud computing.
  • Define the issues and types of cloud computing interoperability and portability in order to facilitate a shared common understanding among cloud stakeholders on these two aspects
  • Provide guidance for cloud computing interoperability and portability that best explain business necessity such as the ability to exchange and use information in cloud environment.
  • Explore common concerns, use cases, and functions/components as it applies to cloud computing interoperability and portability.
  • Map relationships among cloud computing interoperability and portability to other standards such as Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (RA) and SLA.

Establish liaisons and collaborate with other entities with within JTC 1, external SDOs, Fora and Consortia performing associated work, as appropriate.

Working Group 5 on Data and their Flow across Devices and Cloud Services

Terms of Reference

Progress NP 19944, which has the scope of:

  • Establish common and functional ways of understanding and describing the breadth of the cloud service ecosystem.
  • Describe the impact of portable customer devices (e.g. phones, tablets, laptops) on the cloud service ecosystem as well as other devices participating in this cloud computing ecosystem.
  • Build on top of the existing cloud vocabulary and reference architecture in ISO/IEC 17788 and ISO/IEC 17789 to include the concept of personal clouds, covering the modern devices and services ecosystem.
  • Enumerate and define the types of connections that can exist between cloud services and customers where their devices are mobile.
  • Provide foundational concepts necessary to enable others to provide guidance concerning data locality, mobile ecosystem issues, and identity issues.
  • Identify the types of data that flow across the customers and cloud services ecosystem and that can help cloud customers’ better understand and consequently protect the privacy and confidentiality of their data.

Establish liaisons and collaborate with other entities within JTC 1, external SDOs, Fora and Consortia performing associated work, as appropriate.

COOPERATION AND LIAISON

SC 38 maintains close liaison with numerous JTC 1 entities including JTC 1/SC 27 on IT Security Techniques and JTC 1/WG 10 on Internet of Things as well as with many external organizations including the Cloud Security Alliance, OASIS and The Open Group.

MEMBER COUNTRIES

The current 30 “P” members of SC 38 are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan,  Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, , Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA

The current 10 “O” members of SC 38 are: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, China, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Turkey, Uruguay and Zambia.

STANDARDS AND PLENARY MEETINGS

As of February 2017, SC 38 has ten published standards/technical reports and five projects under development.

The following Plenary meetings of SC 38 have been held since 2010; Working Groups meet in conjunction with the Plenary.

  • April 2010 in Beijing, CHINA
  • October 2010 in New York USA
  • April 2011 in Paris FRANCE
  • September 2011 in Seoul KOREA
  • May 2012 in Berlin, GERMANY
  • September 2012 in Stockholm, SWEDEN
  • April 2013 in Madrid, SPAIN
  • September 2013 in Kobe, JAPAN
  • May 2014 in Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  • October 2014 in San Paulo, BRAZIL
  • March 2015 in Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • October 2015 in Dublin, IRELAND
  • April 2016 in London, UK
  • October 2016 in Berlin, Germany

SC 38, Beijing, May 2010

SC 38_Beijing May 2010

SC38/WG3, Vancouver, Feb 2012
SC 38 Group