Concepts and Organisation

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, block storage service, object storage 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 block store service provides access to the VolumeService and SnapshotService.

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.

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()