Concepts and Organisation

Object types

Conceptually, CloudBridge consists of the following types of objects.

1. Providers - Represents a connection to a cloud provider, and is the gateway to using its services.

2. Services - Represents a service provided by a cloud provider, such as its compute service, storage service, networking service etc. Services may in turn be divided into smaller services. Smaller services tend to have uniform methods, such as create, find and list. For example, InstanceService.list(), InstanceService.find() etc. which can be used to access cloud resources. Larger services tend to provide organisational structure only. For example, the storage service provides access to the VolumeService, SnapshotService and BucketService.

3. Resources - resources are objects returned by a service, and represent a remote resource. For example, InstanceService.list() will return a list of Instance objects, which can be used to manipulate an instance. Similarly, VolumeService.create() will return a Volume object.


The actual source code structure of CloudBridge also mirrors this organisation.

Object identification and naming

In order to function uniformly across cloud providers, object identity and naming must be conceptually consistent. In CloudBridge, there are three main properties for identifying and naming an object.

1.Id - The id corresponds to a unique identifier that can be reliably used to reference a resource. All CloudBridge resources have an id. Most methods in CloudBridge services, such as get, use the id property to identify and retrieve objects.

2. Name - The name property is a more human-readable identifier for a particular resource, and is often useful to display to the end user instead of the id. While it is often unique, it is not guaranteed to be so, and therefore, the id property must always be used for uniquely identifying objects. All CloudBridge resources have a name property. The name property is often assigned during resource creation, and is often derived from the label property by appending some unique characters to it. Once assigned however, it is unchangeable.

3. Label - Most resources also support a label property, which is a user changeable value that can be used to describe an object. When creating resources, cloudbridge often accepts a label property as a parameter. The name property is derived from the label, by appending some unique characters to it. However, there are some resources which do not support a label property, such as key pairs and buckets. In the latter case, the name can be specified during resource creation, but cannot be changed thereafter.

Detailed class relationships

The following diagram shows a typical provider object graph and the relationship between services.

Some services are nested. For example, to access the instance service, you can use provider.compute.instances. Similarly, to get a list of all instances, you can use the following code.

instances = provider.compute.instances.list()