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Cloud and collaboration interest group touts new models for data centres
ECM Plus – by Paul Quigley – The Open Data Center Alliance, a Consortium of Leading Global IT Managers, Launches with Mission to Define Requirements for Next Generation Data Centers and Cloud Infrastructure
With Over $50 Billion in Collective IT Spending, Members are Committed to the Alliance’s
Vendor-Agnostic Roadmap to Help Guide Purchasing Decisions and Data Center Planning
The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a new independent consortium of global IT vendors, has just been formed, launching a new version 0.5 vendor-agnostic Usage Model Roadmap comprising19 prioritised usage models to address emerging technical requirements for data centre and cloud infrastructure.
According to the ODCA, the roadmap is based on open, interoperable solutions that can be sourced from multiple vendors and interoperate across data centres.
Inaugural members of the ODCA already boast over $50 billion in aggregate IT expenditure. The firms say they are ‘committed to this Roadmap’ to guide their data centre and cloud investment decisions now and in the future.
The Alliance is led by a steering committee, made up of global IT vendors and banking institutions, including BMW, China Life, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase; Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, National Australia Bank, Shell, Terremark and UBS.
This core grouping are also joined with over 70 other members, representing a broad spectrum of industry firms. Chip giant Intel is the Alliance’s current technical advisor.
ODCA stated that it has three levels of membership: steering committee, contributor and adopter membership.
Adopter-level membership is open to anyone building cloud or data centre infrastructure and is unencumbered by vendor interests. Alliance members have the opportunity to review and comment on the Usage Model Roadmap prior to public distribution, and have access to members-only events and Alliance membership networking opportunities.
The Alliance said it also planned to drive extensive vendor engagement to ensure that Alliance Roadmap and usage model requirements reflected the full scope of industry capability.
“With over 70 total members – and that number is expected to grow every day – we believe the Open Data Center Alliance will quickly become a leading voice of the IT community” commented Marvin Wheeler, Chief Strategy Officer, Terremark, and Open Data Center Alliance Chairman and Secretary.
“Lockheed Martin is committed to leveraging partnership and innovation to meet its customer missions from reducing costs to increasing performance and optimizing service delivery. The Open Data Center Alliance will facilitate collaboration and provide a roadmap to industry and government to influence cloud and data center infrastructure and technical requirements” added Curt Aubley, vice president and CTO of Cyber Security & NexGen Innovation at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, and Open Data Center Alliance president.
ODCA added that it had also set up five technical workgroups focused on Infrastructure, management, security, services and government & ecosystem.
Each workgroup would fully define the requirements of each prioritised usage model toward the future delivery of a detailed technical documentation suite, to be used by vendors and members as guidance for deployment.
Working groups would also be chartered to finalise the current 0.5 Roadmap with a public delivery of the Roadmap and initial usage models in the first quarter of 2011.
Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel said: “The Open Data Center Alliance has a unique opportunity to take collaboration to a new level, allowing managers of cloud and data center infrastructure to drive a unified voice of technical requirements for the industry. We’re honored to serve as a technical advisor to the organization and are committed to working with Alliance members towards delivery of their mission.”
ODCA’s technical workgroups are hosting a webcast series based on the five Usage Model categories with the first slated for November 17, publicly-available and will cover the Usage Model Roadmap development process.