The HEART BEACON CYCLE
 

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THE HEART BEACON CYCLE'S primary use case is federation -- cloud computing federation.

Since the Heart Beacon Cycle is reuse of military best practice derived from Network Enabled Operations / Mission Aware Networking, it follows that the most useful aspect of this iterative, cyclic process is facilitating individuals joining groups -- keeping in mind that military's almost always do things in groups / organizations. Leader's decision within the federations may cause changes in network state sub-net configuration that must be advertized or broadcast among other participating organizations. Synchronization maintains situational understanding over distances (space) and over time from operation to operation, cycle to cycle. While useful within a single system, the intent is to replicating a proven, cyclical process among a system of systems supported by a network of networks within a FEDERATION.

WIKIPEDIA: FEDERATION: A federation (from Latin: foedus, gen.: foederis, "covenant"), also known as a federal state, is a political entity characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central (federal) government. In a federation, the self-governing status of the component states, as well as the division of power between them and the central government, are typically constitutionally entrenched and may not be altered by a unilateral decision of either party, the states or the federal political body. Federations may be multi-ethnic and cover a large area of territory (e.g. United States or India), although neither is necessarily the case. The initial agreements create a stability that encourages other common interests, reduces differences between the disparate territories, and gives them all even more common ground. At some time this is recognized and a movement is organized to merge more closely. At other times, especially when common cultural factors are at play such as ethnicity and language, some of the steps in this pattern are expedited and compressed. The federation of cloud resources is facilitated through network gateways that connect public or external clouds, private or internal clouds (owned by a single entity) and/or community clouds (owned by several cooperating entities); creating a hybrid cloud computing environment. 

CLOUD FEDERATION BENEFITS:  The federation of cloud resources allows clients to optimize enterprise IT service delivery. The federation of cloud resources allows a client to choose the best cloud services provider, in terms of flexibility, cost and availability of services, to meet a particular business or technological need within their organization. Federation across different cloud resource pools allows applications to run in the most appropriate infrastructure environments. The federation of cloud resources also allows an enterprise to distribute workloads around the globe, move data between disparate networks and implement innovative security models for user access to cloud resources.

The future of cloud computing will have much to do with cloud federation, according to a new report by CloudNOW, a non-profit worldwide association that recently announced its top predictions for cloud trends in the next year. The large use of cloud stack, greater control over cloud services, and resources deployed through enterprise class characteristics were also mentioned in an article featured in The Cloud Times as top trends from the reportFederated clouds will be a big focus in the next year, and as a result, certain applications will become essential to organizational cloud strategy. A federated cloud manages many external and internal cloud computing services to match the needs of a particular business. Putting such a model into practice requires standardization. According to the article, "Providers will begin to differentiate through support, enterprise-class features such as more appropriate SLAs, geolocation services to assist in meeting regulatory and compliance needs, and baked-in social collaboration features."

   


MAIN USE CASE: FEDERATION