OCDA Creates Workgroup to Promote Enterprise Big Data
The Open Data Center Alliance (OCDA) has announced the formation of a Data Services Workgroup tasked with documenting Big Data usage model requirements needed to promote organizations’ ability to securely gather, organize and analyze large volumes of data in a competitive environment. The main objectives of the workgroup will be building enterprise IT’s capacity to use database technologies for near-realtime insight into decision-making, and enhancing interoperability among Big Data frameworks and traditional business intelligence (BI) solutions. Data management firms Teradata (NYSE: TDC) and SAS (NASDAQ: SAS) will contribute to the Data Services Workgroup.
The OCDA’s goal is to define a “unified customer vision for long-term data center requirements” and has a steering committee of 12 corporate members — BMW, Capgemini, China Life, China Unicom, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, National Australia Bank, Terremark, Disney Technology Solutions and Services, and UBS — with Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) serving as technology adviser. With the press release, Big Data specialists Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR Technologies have announced they are joining the OCDA.
In addition to the eight models the OCDA has already produced, the workgroup will create usage models that define “requirements that address security, manageability and interoperability of emerging big data frameworks with traditional data management and data warehouse solutions.” These are slated for release in the second half of 2012, and will also evaluate enterprise-level Big Data implementations and the skill sets needed to adapt BI solutions. The OCDA said it plans to consult with the open source community and to make reference architectures and proofs of concept commercially available.
“With the huge opportunity of big data extending across geographies and industries, the ODCA’s work will help drive interoperable standards that enhance big data frameworks to be cloud ready — from manageability to security. This will benefit ODCA’s members by accelerating solution delivery,” said Denis Curran, head of strategy at National Australia Bank, and ODCA steering committee member, in a prepared statement. “Collaboration with such an impressive group of solutions providers will ensure we help enterprise IT adopt cloud technologies that harness big data to make good business decisions and deliver great customer outcomes.”
Last month OCDA announced five new usage models pertaining to cloud security and infrastructure, along with an overview document on identity management
OCDA is hosting its Forecast 2012 event June 12, 2012, in New York City, and Big Data is on the agenda. We’ll keep tabs on what transpires.