Implementing a Canadian G-Cloud on OpenStack

openstackOur headline theme of ‘Building the Canadian Cloud‘ is intended to help grow the Canadian Cloud supplier industry, by linking product development to major market opportunities, like repeating implementation of the UK’s G-Cloud model for Government.

Shared Services Canada have recently released an updated roadmap plan (46-page PDF) for their implementation of Cloud Computing, which describes:

  • An overall model based on the NIST definitions
  • Overall business drivers include data centre consolidation to as few as possible
  • An architecture of secure zones and VPCs (Virtual Private Clouds)
  • Workload mobility

What is especially noteworthy is how big a foundational role ICAM (Identity and Credential Access Management) will play in this architecture, and a critical point about ‘Certified and Accredited infrastructure’.

Programs like the G-Cloud are basically marketplace systems based on certification of suppliers. What’s especially important about this approach is how it levels the playing field, small suppliers can join as easily as large ones. The traditional RFP process typically excludes them.

Building an Open Cloud Operating System

What really leaps out is the goal and desire for an “Open Cloud Operating System”, and how this would further accelerate this effect.

From slide 32 they describe a detailed vision of how using a platform like OpenStack would help them avoid lock-in to one particular vendor and improve workload mobility, and then poses a number of questions about the practical implementation of wholly standardizing on OpenStack.

These topics will be the agenda for our next Building the Canadian Cloud meet up.

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