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Subject: Call to Vote: Ballot for OASIS Standard - Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (#TOSCA) V1.0

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Candidate OASIS Standard to the OASIS membership to a membership vote for OASIS Standard:

Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications Version 1.0
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
11 June 2013

This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to vote. This Committee Specification was approved by the Technical Committee and was submitted for the required 60-day public review. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met, the Candidate OASIS Standard is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS organizational members.

-- Voting Details --

The ballot opens at 00:00 GMT on 11 November 2013 and closes at 23:59 GMT on 24 November 2013: 

Internal ballot link: https://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/voting/ballot.php?id=2538
Publicly visible ballot link: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=2538

The minimum number of affirmative votes required to approve this ballot is 47 (15% of 307 Organizational Members).

Each OASIS organizational member has one vote. OASIS members should ensure that their organization's voting representative votes according to the organization's wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization's voting representative is, go to the My Account page at


then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as "Primary".

-- Information about the Candidate OASIS Standard and the TOSCA TC -- 

Cloud computing offers a cost-effective way for businesses to host their applications and services in scalable environments while reducing their need to maintain their own large datacenters. It is even more valuable if applications and services can be ported to alternative cloud environments while keeping services interoperable. 

The TOSCA specification provides a language to describe service components and their relationships using a service topology, and it provides for describing the management procedures that create or modify services using orchestration processes. The combination of topology and orchestration in a Service Template describes what is needed to be preserved across deployments in different environments to enable interoperable deployment of cloud services and their management throughout the complete lifecycle (e.g. scaling, patching, monitoring, etc.) when the applications are ported over alternative cloud environments.

More information on TOSCA can be found at TC's website. In addition, the TC has published a primer that gives a quick introduction to the specification [2]. 

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

PDF (Authoritative):


Editable source: 

Distribution ZIP files:

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specifications and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


-- Additional information -- 

[1] OASIS Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) TC

TC Charter

[2] Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) Primer Version 1.0

[3] Statements of Use: 
Huawei: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tosca/201305/msg00026.html

University of Stuttgart: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tosca/201305/msg00031.html

Axway: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tosca/201305/msg00041.html

IBM: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tosca/201305/msg00040.html

Vnomic: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tosca/201305/msg00039.html


Chet Ensign
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