Open Data Center Alliance part 1: IT Users Band Together

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-06-08 Print this article Print

2011-06-08 ODCA

Founded in October 2010, the ODCA released eight data center requirements documents this week.

Early data center cloud computing adopters likely had a competitive "secret sauce" that they didn't want to share. Apparently, the balance is shifting from protecting the "secret sauce" to avoiding cloud vendor lock-in.

Today, the ODCA (Open Data Center Alliance) issued eight sets of customer requirements that outline an open data center usage model. Over the next eight days, I'll be taking a look at each of the documents here at the eWEEK Labs blog. When the documents are necessarily (from an ODCA point of view) vague or coded, I'll be attempting to add some color commentary. If you have additional insight, but all means, please add your comments to the posts.

For now, I'll start with the ODCA in their own words. You can easily access the documents I'll be examining here, although, as of today, the "Standard Unit of Measurement for IaaS" isn't linked to a document.

"The Open Data Center Alliance? is an independent IT consortium comprised of global IT leaders who have come together to provide a unified customer vision for long-term data center requirements. The Alliance is led by a twelve member steering committee which includes IT leaders 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. Intel serves as technical advisor to the Alliance. In support of its mission, the Alliance has delivered the first customer requirements for cloud computing documented in eight Open Data Center Usage Models which identify member prioritized requirements to resolve the most pressing challenges facing cloud adoption."

Table of Contents for the Series:

1. IT Users Band Together: a brief introduction to the ODCA 2. Virtual Machine Interoperability 3. Carbon Footprint 4. Security Monitoring 5. Security Provider Assurance 6. Regulatory Framework 7. Standard Units of Measure for IaaS 8. Service Catalog 9. I/O Controls |

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