About Us
Steering Group

About Us. The Open Data Center Alliance was formed in 2010 as a unique consortium of leading global IT organizations. We are led by a steering group of senior IT executives from BMW, China Unicom, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank, Terremark, Disney Technology Solutions and Services, and UBS. Intel Corporation serves as the organization’s technical advisor. We came together to deliver a unified voice for emerging data center and cloud computing requirements. Our mission is to speed the migration to cloud computing by enabling the solution and service ecosystem to address IT requirements with the highest level of interoperability and standards. This includes:

  • Collective membership commitment to use Alliance Usage Models to guide corporate planning and purchasing of data center resources
  • Solution Provider member commitment to prioritize solution delivery based on Alliance Usage Model requirements
  • View a presentation about the Alliance, delivered at the Intel Developer Forum 2011.

ODCA Technical AdvisorIntel Logo Intel Corporation serves as technical advisor to the Open Data Center Alliance. Read more.


Alliance Policies



We envision an IT industry that gives both users and suppliers a simpler, more secure, more efficient path to cloud computing. Our goal is to achieve these outcomes by 2015:

  • Seamless, secure interaction between cloud data centers
  • An open marketplace for ubiquitous and affordable computing (infrastructure and services)
  • Dramatically simpler data centers with more agile infrastructure
  • Industry innovation that drives IT breakthroughs by simplifying and accelerating cloud de­ployment
  • Global cloud computing efficiency through infrastructure best practices and carbon footprint awareness

Read More about our vision of cloud computing



  • Address the most relevant and pressing cloud challenges with actionable requirements and recommendations
  • Help guide and set expectations for flexibility and choice in the cloud products and services marketplace
  • Commit to prioritize Open Data Center Alliance requirements in member planning and purchasing decisions
  • Integrate industry input while maintaining a clear customer voice



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