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The Open Data Center Alliance Reaches Major Milestone with Delivery of First Public Customer Requirements for Cloud Computing
Today, the Open Data Center Alliance has announced a major milestone in its mission to drive open, interoperable cloud solutions. In just seven months, the Alliance has quadrupled membership to more than 280 global IT leaders with collective annual IT spending of over $100 billion, formed workgroups, established alignment with key industry standards bodies and solutions providers and published initial cloud requirements. Today’s announcement marks the Alliance’s release of the first, user-driven requirements for the cloud based on member prioritization of the most pressing challenges facing IT. The release will shape member purchasing and outline requests to vendors and solutions providers to deliver leading cloud and next-generation data center solutions.

“Delivery of the Open Data Center Alliance’s first Usage Model publications fulfills the promise made by the Alliance to change the game in data center solution development and consumption,” said Matthew Eastwood, group vice president, Enterprise Platform Research at IDC. “The speed at which the organization formed and delivered the initial usage models sends a clear message to the cloud industry on how IT is planning to prioritize its data center and cloud planning along with the organization’s commitment to solve real challenges.”

The first publicly-available documents published by the Open Data Center Alliance include eight Open Data Center Usage Models which define IT requirements for cloud adoption and an Open Data Center Vision for Cloud Computing. These lay out a plan to enable federation, agility and efficiency across cloud computing while identifying the specific innovations in secure federation, automation, common management and policy and solution transparency required for widespread adoption of cloud services. Through adoption, these innovations aim to reduce $25 billion in annual IT costs within five years and unleash over $50 billion in cloud services innovation.

Highlights of the initial published usage models:

  • Provider Security Assurance and Security Monitoring address IT’s greatest challenge for cloud adoption by proposing standard security levels for cloud services and compliance.
  • Service Catalog and Standard Units of Measurement for IaaS enable feature, price and performance comparisons across private and public clouds for increased transparency and easier IT decision-making.
  • Virtual Machine Interoperability and IO Controls address the technical foundation required for federated cloud interoperability and improved quality of service.
  • Regulation and Carbon Footprint Values outline expectations for cloud services to ensure compliance to government and corporate reporting requirements and outline a means for services to be CO2 aware for subscribers.

“This publication exceeds our expectations for a first statement of customer requirements for cloud and reflects the importance of this topic to our collective 280+ strong global membership. The organization’s ability to very rapidly come together, establish workgroups, and develop the initial usage models demonstrates what is possible when end users share a common vision for the requirements of shaping evolving data centers and cloud computing,” said Curt Aubley, vice president and CTO of Cyber Security & NexGen Innovation, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, and Open Data Center Alliance president. “The Alliance enthusiastically endorses use of the usage models for immediate use for member planning for cloud implementations and encourages the vendor and solution provider community to leverage these use case driven guidelines when developing products.”

The Alliance is collaborating with an ecosystem of standards bodies and vendors to turn these requirements into industry-backed, implementable solutions. Today the Open Data Center Alliance is announcing the following initial engagements:

  • Cloud Security Association (CSA) to drive standards definitions for security requirements
  • The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) to define IT infrastructure management requirements
  • The Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council (ECLC) to advance services definition
  • The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) to drive standards for service transparency

"The finalization of the initial Open Data Center publication represents an inflection point for the cloud computing industry and end users," said Sean Kelley, CIO Platform Services Group at Deutsche Bank, and Chairman of the ECLC. "TM Forum's Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council shares the same priorities as the Open Data Center Alliance of defining IT requirements and enabling the optimal, flexible and efficient management of a cloud ecosystem for the delivery of cloud services and data center deployments."

In order to ensure both adoption and industry delivery to usage models, the Alliance is collaborating with Solution Provider members that include leading data center hardware, software and solutions vendors. Companies such as Dell, EMC, Parallels and Red Hat have joined the Alliance to collaborate and accelerate products to market that address the requirements of the Open Data Center Alliance.

"Working with the Open Data Center Alliance, an impressive group of global end user companies, is part of EMC¹s strategy to accelerate customers¹ journey to the cloud so they can achieve business agility and efficiency," said Doc D'Errico, EMC's Vice President, EMC Solutions Group. "EMC is excited to be one of the Solution Provider members collaborating with the Alliance to meet the requirements outlined in its first usage models for deploying flexible, hybrid cloud solutions."

This release was ratified by the Alliance Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from 12 leading global IT organizations: BMW; Capgemini; China Life; China Unicom; Deutsche Bank; JPMorgan Chase; Lockheed Martin; Marriott International, Inc.; National Australia Bank; Terremark; The Walt Disney Company and UBS.

Publications are available as downloadable PDFs at Beginning June 29 the Alliance is also hosting a series of webcasts regarding the first publication. To register for ODCA webcasts, or learn more about the Open Data Center Alliance, please visit

Published Wednesday, June 08, 2011 5:36 AM by David Marshall
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