Open Data Center Alliance Launched; Promises Common Cloud Standards

10/28/2010

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The Open Data Center Alliance, an independent consortium of global IT leaders, announced its formation and previewed the Alliance’s 0.5 vendor-agnostic Usage Model Roadmap.

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The Roadmap comprises 19 prioritized usage models that address emerging technical requirements for data center and cloud infrastructure and is based on open, interoperable solutions that can be sourced from multiple vendors and interoperate across data centers.

Members of the Open Data Center Alliance – with over $50 billion in collective IT spending – are committed to this Roadmap to guide their data center and cloud purchasing decisions today and for planning their data center deployments of the future. The Alliance is led by a Steering Committee comprised of global IT leaders – including BMW; China Life; Deutsche Bank; JPMorgan Chase; Lockheed Martin; Marriott International, Inc.; National Australia Bank; Shell; Terremark; and UBS – who are joined by more than 70 members representing a broad array of industries. Intel Corporation serves as the Alliance’s Technical Advisor.

"This new end user Alliance puts the power of designing the data center into the hands of IT managers,” said Matt Eastwood, group vice president, Enterprise Platform Research at IDC. “The Open Data Center Alliance represents the first time such a significant number of end users are committing to an industry organization with the specific goal of defining data center and cloud usage models in an open, industry-standard and multi-vendor fashion."

The Open Data Center Alliance has three levels of membership: Steering Committee, Contributor and Adopter membership. Adopter-level membership in the Alliance is available to anyone who is building cloud or data center 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 also plans to drive extensive vendor engagement to ensure that Alliance Roadmap and usage model requirements reflect 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,” said Marvin Wheeler, Chief Strategy Officer, Terremark, and Open Data Center Alliance Chairman and Secretary. “As a member of this Alliance, Terremark is helping to set the direction for how emerging technologies are developed and implemented in the future."

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