New ODCA Usage Models Tackle Common Cloud Challenges
Based on the “most pressing cloud challenges” confronting its alliance members, the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) has announced the availability of five new “usage models” pertaining to cloud security and infrastructure, along with an overview document on identity management. Adoption of these innovations, ODCA claims, could lead to a “reduction of $25 billion in annual IT costs within five years, as well as more than $50 billion in cloud services investment.”
Four of the usage models focus on security, which inarguably is a leading business concern regarding cloud adoption. These four models “will drive interoperability between identity management and access management systems,” according to ODCA, allowing users access to cloud resources “as if they were located within the organization.” That will be a statement worth keeping my eyes on in the future.
“The Open Data Center Alliance was formed to help our members deploy cloud with the most innovative technologies addressing the most urgent requirements for enterprise IT,” said Curt Aubley, ODCA president, in a press release. “These five usage models, underscoring the significance of security and infrastructure capabilities in the cloud, help us blaze a path toward widespread cloud adoption based on open, industry standard solutions.”
Last September, Talkin’ Cloud interviewed ODCA Chairman Marvin Wheeler, who commented the cloud service provider that succeeds will be the one that builds its customers the better cloud. Facebook Director of Technical Operations Frank Frankovsky added that a major part of the ODCA’s mission is bringing the open, federated cloud future to fruition sooner rather than later.
ODCA also announced its first sponsors for AllianceForecast 2012, which will be held June 12 in New York City in conjunction with Cloud Expo. Sponsors include: Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS), the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), and the Open Compute Project. Intel serves as technical advisor to the Alliance.