IBM recently announced that it has developed a tool which tackles fragmentation in the cloud management ecosystem. Moreover, it also hopes that its approach will encourage more providers to support open stack based applications without resorting to opening the open stack itself.
The technology, which was christened JumpGate was announced by SoftLayer engineer Nathan Beittenmiller in a blog post on Thursday and sees that the damaging prospects of the open stack based will be removed by the engineers at IBM by preventing fragmentation among cloud providers. This does sound promising.
IBM has spent the last two years pouring resources into open stack and has developed numerous software based on “SmartCloud” in order expand the capabilities of the stock open source project. But when IBM acquired the SoftLayer in 2013, it faced a problem, it was always expected to face, which nearly illustrates the adoption and conversion problems faced by open stack. SoftLayer hadn’t used this technology before and had developed its own cloud control layer. The IBM wanted to make something that could work on open stack without having the need to open it, and that’s where JumpGate comes in.
The JumpGate works by implementing the API compatibility for modern open stack modules and typing commands to the pluggable libraries which translate them into API semantics or any other fragmented open stack clouds.
The transition layer has to be the key as SoftLayer engineers as SoftLayer engineers hope that a lightweight transition layer can give service providers a convenient way to support applications. And implement open stack without actually opening it. This can help service providers save a lot of money and broaden support for the community based projects and software without costing them a lot of money.
The SoftLayer team also claims that the JumpGate technology is already in the Alpha stage. The compatibility framework has been designed and started on the SoftLayer drivers as a reference. They also have implemented key end points, identification and authorization, image management to get most of the functionality within the horizon. We’ve heard that several groups outside SoftLayer are also working hard on the JumpGate type technologies so it looks promising at the moment, but still a lot of work needs to be done to make it work and go beyond the concept stage. Such a system will help the providers a lot.