ODCA Adds to Member Ranks, Steering Committee
The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) has named T-Systems, the customer arm of Deutsche Telekom that operates information and communication technology systems for corporations and government institutions worldwide, to its steering committee. According to the ODCA, T-Systems' membership on the steering committee will help it assess and leverage new cloud technologies in meeting its customers’ needs. Corporate membership in the ODCA’s top committee now stands at 13.
ODCA also announced Cloudera, Hortonworks, Lenovo, Link4Dev, MapR, SAS (NASDAQ: SAS) and Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) as its newest solutions provider members.Their role will be to help define, develop and implement new usage model publications, which the ODCA claims will enable “solution delivery to the enterprise requirements” governed by the usage models.
In the press release, Marvin Wheeler, chairman of the ODCA, said: “We are thrilled to welcome T-Systems as the newest member of the ODCA’s steering committee. Based on their extensive knowledge and experience in delivering cloud and data solutions to their customers, T-Systems will play a valuable role in helping the ODCA develop standard requirements for cloud computing. Furthermore, T-Systems also reflects our goal to represent numerous different industries on the steering committee.”
The ODCA also issued a call for papers for OCDA Forecast 2012, which will be held June 12, 2012, concurrently with the International Cloud Expo in New York City. Sponsors for the event include Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), HP (NYSE: HPQ), Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS), McAfee and Champion Solutions Group.
The ODCA last week announced the formation of its Data Services Workgroup, which is 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. Teradata and SAS are contributors to the workgroup.