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Intel, Hewlett Packard, Verne Global, Appnomic Systems, and CohesiveFT Announced as Initial Premium Sponsors of ODCA Forecast 2014

ODCA details program plans for marquee conference focused on acceleration of enterprise cloud adoption

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced the initial sponsors and preliminary agenda for its Forecast 2014 flagship conference.

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ODCA Members Scaling Cloud Usage, Integration Of ODCA requirements in Member Survey Publication

Three-quarters of respondents are incorporating ODCA requirements into their cloud purchasing decisions.

PORTLAND, Ore., March 18, 2014 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today unveiled its third annual membership survey. The survey highlights continued growth in adoption of cloud computing by Alliance members, ahead of broad market trends including broad use of ODCA usage model requirements to guide cloud purchases.

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ODCA Delivers 2.0 Usage Models For Service Orchestration And Compute Infrastructure As A Service

PORTLAND, Ore., March 3, 2014 – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced it has published 2.0 versions of cloud deployment usage models in the areas of service orchestration and Compute Infrastructure as a Service (CIaaS). The alliance has also updated its conceptual model document map, which provides an overview of the organization’s usage models, particularly how they fit into a larger cloud computing and next generation data center context.

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Open Data Center Alliance Announces Global Events Partnership with Cloud World Series

ODCA members to showcase enterprise cloud adoption best practices and detail usage model requirements at CWS events worldwide

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 29, 2014 – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced that it has become a Technology Sponsor of Cloud World Series (CWS) events. As a CWS partner, ODCA will hold leadership events and experts from its membership will deliver keynotes, participate in panels, and lead technology sessions focused on best practices for open enterprise cloud computing at CWS events around the globe. The partnership provides CWS event attendees with a unique opportunity to meet and learn from ODCA members who are leaders in driving the open enterprise cloud.

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ODCA Demos Software Application Portability in the Enterprise Cloud using the OASIS TOSCA Standard

New Open Data Center Alliance PoC shows how TOSCA can be used today to fill industry requirements for application portability in the enterprise cloud

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 8, 2014 – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced the release The Open Data Center Alliance Proof of Concept: Service Orchestration with TOSCA white paper. The proof of concept (PoC) demonstrates how software applications can be tested for portability and moved across cloud environments using the OASIS Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) framework. The paper serves as a reference enterprise IT teams can leverage in their deployment of software applications across multiple cloud environments and as an important resource for advancing the deployment of open federated cloud services.

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ODCA to Accelerate Enterprise Data Center Innovation at Forecast 2014: September 22 – 24 in San Francisco

ODCA’s flagship conference expands to three days of best practice sharing, technical education and business engagement

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Dec.18, 2013 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), today announced that the third annual Forecast conference will be held September 22 – 24 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Forecast is ODCA’s premier annual cloud computing and business analytics event where the organization’s leadership, including senior IT experts from BMW, Capgemini, China Unicom, Infosys, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank (NAB), NTT Data, SAP, T-Systems, UBS, Verizon Terremark and The Walt Disney Company, come together with a host of enterprise IT experts to advance the development and deployment of enterprise data center implementations that are open, interoperable and secure.

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Open Data Center Alliance Releases Usage Model for Speeding the Deployment of Information-as-a-Service

New publication outlines requirements for managing enterprise data in an Information-as-a-Service ecosystem

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 11, 2013 – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced the release of the Data Management for Information as a Service Usage Model. This focused Usage Model defines the tasks necessary to successfully manage data when using information-as-a-service. It starts with an introduction to Information as a Service (Info-aaS) and then describes data management in four stages. The requirements have been developed to help organizations identify data management opportunities and risks, and as a resource organizations can use to simplify the challenges involved in harnessing and leveraging data from across the entire extended enterprise.

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New Open Data Center Alliance Cloud Maturity Model Delivers a Roadmap for Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Provides organizations with a practical tool for modernizing IT infrastructure to meet evolving enterprise cloud computing requirements

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 3, 2013 – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced that it has updated its Cloud Maturity Model (CMM) to include five levels of cloud maturity and maturity models for Software as a Service (SaaS), PaaS (Platform as a Service), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Information as a Service (Info-aaS).The paper reviews both the business and technology issues associated with each level of cloud maturity and has been developed to serve as a roadmap enterprises can use to plan cloud adoption strategies and implementations based on ODCA Usage Models and requirements.

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Open Data Center Alliance Demonstrates How Organizations Can Measure and Control Enterprise Cloud CO2 Emissions

ODCA members from across the cloud ecosystem collaborate to advance the deployment of cleaner and more energy efficient enterprise cloud services

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 19, 2013 – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced the release of a new PoC (proof of concept) paper designed to test and validate the concepts outlined in the ODCA Carbon Footprint and Energy Efficiency Usage Model. The PoC is based on a study conducted with ODCA members from BMW, Datapipe and Verne Global to demonstrate how organizations from across the cloud ecosystem can use ODCA’s Carbon Footprint and Energy Usage Model today to compare, measure and ultimately optimize enterprise cloud CO2 emissions. ODCA will hold a public flash webinar at 10:00am US PT on Tuesday, December 17 to review findings outlined in the PoC. Anyone interested in attending the webinar may register on the ODCA BrightTALK Channel page.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES INFOSYS AND SAP JOIN ITS STEERING COMMITTEE

Global IT leaders collaborate to advance the enterprise ready cloud based on ODCA Usage Models and requirements

SAN JOSE, Oct. 29, 2013 – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced that representatives from global IT leaders Infosys and SAP are the newest members of the ODCA Steering Committee and have joined the ODCA Board of Directors. Senior executives from Infosys and SAP join ODCA board members from BMW, Capgemini, China Unicom, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., NAB, NTT Data, T-Systems, UBS, Verizon Terremark and The Walt Disney Company in driving the strategic direction and output of ODCA on a global basis.

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MARIO MUELLER, CHAIR OF OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE AND BMW VP, TO KEYNOTE AT TM FORUM'S DIGITAL DISRUPTION 2013

SAN JOSE, Oct. 3, 2013 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that Mario Mueller, ODCA’s chair and VP of IT Infrastructure at BMW, will keynote at TM Forum's Digital Disruption 2013 taking place at the San Jose Convention Center on October 28 - 31st. Mueller will provide an overview of collaboration activities between TM Forum and ODCA and will discuss BMW’s enterprise cloud implementation, which is based on ODCA’s cloud Usage Models and requirements.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE LAUNCHES “GET TO KNOW ODCA CLOUD USAGE MODELS” PUBLIC WEBINAR SERIES

Bi-weekly events hosted by enterprise cloud and data experts from ODCA’s global membership

(San Francisco, CA) September 9, 2013 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced the launch of the ODCA Flash Webinar Series, a series of live events open to anyone interested in learning about ODCA Usage Models from the ODCA members who worked on creating the requirements, and from ODCA cloud solution provider members who have integrated the requirements into product offerings. These 45 minute sessions will be held every other Tuesday at 8:00 am US PT beginning on October 1, with the first session focused on an interactive review of ODCA’s Compute Infrastructure as a Service (CIaaS) Master Usage Model.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE SHOWCASES THE ENTERPRISE READY CLOUD AT GIGAOM’S STRUCTURE: EUROPE

Organization’s leadership from BMW, Capgemini and UBS to discuss adoption of ODCA enterprise cloud Usage Models, welcome Structure community and ODCA members to pre-event reception

LONDON, August 20, 2013 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that Mario Mueller, ODCA chair and VP of IT Infrastructure at BMW, will speak at GigaOM’s Structure: Europe taking place in London on September 18 and 19 at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. Mueller will speak at 9:40 on September 18 when he will review BMW’s enterprise cloud implementation, which is based on ODCA Usage Models and requirements.

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INFOSYS JOINS OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE AS CONTRIBUTING MEMBER

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 20, 2013 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) announced today that Infosys, a global consulting and technology leader, has joined ODCA as a contributing member.

Infosys will contribute its proven expertise in cloud and big data to ODCA’s mission of developing a unified vision for an enterprise’s cloud and big data requirements based on open, interoperable standards. Infosys will contribute to working groups that will focus on strengthening industry standards in areas like interoperability, manageability, businesses processes and governance.

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FORECAST 2013 SHOWCASES BROAD ADOPTION OF OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ENTERPRISE READY CLOUD

Organization delivers industry's first customer requirements for Information as a Service, Software Defined Networking and Scale-Out Storage; Welcomes Infosys, SAP and UOLDiveo as newest members

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca., - June 17, 2013 – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), today announced at Forecast 2013, the release of new Usage Models, a significant expansion in its membership, and tremendous growth in the adoption of its requirements across enterprises and industries worldwide. Since its launch in 2010, ODCA has moved quickly to deliver comprehensive requirements designed to speed the migration of data center IT operations to the cloud, and after just two years is demonstrating how its members have adopted ODCA Usage Models and requirements as the foundation for speeding the delivery of enterprise cloud and big data implementations that are open, interoperable and secure. Forecast 2013 is ODCA's annual cloud and big data conference taking place today and tomorrow in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

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FORECAST 2013 UPDATE: CITRIX SYSTEMS ANNOUNCED AS NEWEST CORPORATE SPONSOR, NEW SPEAKERS ADDED, ODCA MOBILE APP LAUNCHED

PORTLAND, Ore., Jun 11, 2013 – With just under one week to go until Forecast 2013 officially begins the momentum surrounding the two-day event continues to grow. Nearly 500 cloud and big data experts from around the world have already registered to attend the two-day event, and today the Open Data Center Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of the ODCA mobile app, the addition of several new compelling speakers, and Citrix Systems as the newest Forecast 2013 corporate sponsor.

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FORECAST 2013 UPDATE: SAVVIS AND EMC ANNOUNCED AS NEWEST CORPORATE SPONSORS, BRIGHTTALK AND EFORENSICS MAGAZINE AS NEWEST MEDIA SPONSORS

Global Big Data and Cloud Experts Added to Lineup of Speakers

PORTLAND, Ore., May 22, 2013 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that Forecast 2013 momentum continues to grow with the addition of four new event sponsors. Forecast 2013 is ODCA's premier once-a-year event where ODCA leadership comes together with industry to collaborate on driving enterprise ready cloud and big data implementations forward. Forecast is taking place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on June 17 and 18 in conjunction with GigaOM Structure and will feature keynotes from Harper Reed, Obama Campaign CTO, and Mario Mueller, chair of ODCA and BMW's Vice President of IT Infrastructure. Registration information is available on the Forecast 2013 website.

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FORECAST 2013 MOMENTUM CONTINUES: RED HAT, OPEN NETWORK FOUNDATION AND VERNE GLOBAL ANNOUNCED AS NEWEST SPONSORS

New Cloud and Big Data Industry Experts Added to Lineup of Growing List of Compelling Speakers

PORTLAND, Ore., May 16, 2013 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced three new sponsors participating in Forecast 2013, ODCA's once-a-year cloud computing and big data event taking place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on June 17 and 18 in conjunction with GigaOM Structure. With keynotes from Harper Reed, Obama Campaign CTO, and Mario Mueller, chair of ODCA and BMW's Vice President of IT Infrastructure, Forecast is the industry event global enterprise IT teams and cloud solution and service providers won't want to miss for the latest on enterprise ready cloud and big data implementations. Registration information is available on the Forecast 2013 website.

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HUNDREDS OF BIG DATA AND CLOUD COMPUTING EXPERTS TO GATHER IN SAN FRANCISCO ON JUNE 17 AND 18

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca., May 13, 2013 – Hundreds of enterprise IT experts from around the world will come together in San Francisco on June 17 and 18 when the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) will host Forecast 2013, ODCA's premier cloud computing and big data event. Forecast is where the ODCA Board of Directors, which includes IT leaders from BMW, Capgemini, China Unicom, Deutsche Bank, Disney Technology Solutions and Services, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank (NAB), NTT Data, T-Systems, Terremark and UBS will gather with ODCA members and industry to collaborate on moving enterprise ready cloud implementations based on ODCA Usage Models forward. Forecast is taking place at the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco's Union Square.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEWEST FORECAST 2013 SPONSORS

Forecast 2013 Welcomes CohesiveFT, Dell and Rackspace as Corporate Sponsors and Datanami, HPCwire and Mission Critical Magazine as Media Sponsors

PORTLAND, Ore., May 2, 2013 –  –The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced six new Forecast 2013 sponsors. Forecast is ODCA's premier cloud computing and big data event taking place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on June 17 and 18 in conjunction with GigaOM Structure. Now in its second year and with keynotes from Harper Reed, Obama Campaign CTO, and Mario Mueller, chair of ODCA and BMW's Vice President of IT Infrastructure, Forecast has become the industry event global IT managers and cloud solution and service providers won't want to miss for the latest on best practices for enterprise big data and cloud implementations that are open, interoperable and secure. More information, including information about registration, is available on the Forecast 2013 website.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE EXPANDS FORECAST 2013 LINEUP OF SPEAKERS

Adds Cloud and Big Data Industry Experts to Agenda as April 30 Early Bird Registration Deadline Arrives

PORTLAND, Ore., April 30, 2013 –  The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced a new list of compelling speakers, panelists and moderators who will present at Forecast 2013, ODCA's premier cloud computing and big data event taking place in San Francisco in conjunction with GigaOM Structure on June 17 and 18. Now in its second year, Forecast 2013 has become the industry event global IT managers and cloud solution and service providers won't want to miss for the latest on best practices for enterprise big data and cloud implementations that are open, interoperable and secure, and for the most up-to-date information on top-of-mind issues related to cloud deployment such as compute infrastructure as a service (CIaaS), infrastructure as a service (Iaas), software defined networks (SDN), platform as a service (PaaS) and cloud security. Forecast 2013 early bird discounted pricing ends today, Tuesday, April 30.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE IDENTIFIES PRIORITIES FOR DRIVING VM INTEROPERABILITY IN THE ENTERPRISE CLOUD

Organization releases new POC paper detailing results from recent VM interoperability testing, Announces June 17 VM interoperability panel at Forecast 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 25, 2013 –  The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a global member-led organization where hundreds of enterprise IT organizations are working together to drive broad scale requirements for the enterprise ready cloud, today announced the release of a new POC (proof-of-concept) paper developed to determine where the virtual machine (VM) industry currently is in meeting interoperability requirements outlined in the ODCA VM interoperability Usage Model. The paper overviews procedures and results from recent ODCA VM interoperability testing and identifies priorities and gaps that hypervisor and VM solution providers need to address in order to move VM interoperability between public and private enterprise clouds forward. ODCA will hold a June 17 panel at Forecast 2013 where testing results outlined in the POC will be discussed and steps for addressing the current gaps in VM interoperability will be developed. All Forecast 2013 attendees are invited to attend this panel event.

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FORECAST 2013 UPDATE: HP CLOUD SERVICES AND APPNOMIC SYSTEMS ANNOUNCED AS NEWEST CORPORATE SPONSORS, DMTF ANNOUNCED AS NEWEST COLLABORATION SPONSOR

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 22, 2013 –  The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a global organization where hundreds of enterprise IT organizations are working together to drive broad scale requirements for the enterprise ready cloud, today announced that HP Cloud Services (HP's public cloud), Appnomic Systems, and DMTF, the Distributed Management Task Force, are the newest Forecast 2013 sponsors. Forecast is ODCA's premier cloud computing and big data event taking place in conjunction with GigaOM Structure in San Francisco on June 17 and 18. Registration information, including information about early bird registration, which runs through April 30, is available on the Forecast 2013 website.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES OBAMA CAMPAIGN CTO HARPER REED AS FORECAST 2013 LUMINARY SPEAKER

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 10, 2013 –  The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a Harper Reedglobal organization where hundreds of enterprise IT organizations are working together to drive broad scale requirements for the enterprise ready cloud, today announced that Harper Reed, accomplished cloud computing and crowdsourcing expert and CTO of the Obama for America 2012 campaign, is the Forecast 2013 luminary speaker. Forecast is ODCA's premier cloud computing event taking place in conjunction with GigaOM Structure in San Francisco on June 17 and 18. Registration information, including information about early bird registration which runs through April 30, is available on the Forecast 2013 website.

Reed is expected to discuss his extensive experience in developing and managing successful cloud and big data implementations, his views on the current state of the cloud and data management, and his passion for building paradigm-shifting technologies. He joins Mario Mueller, BMW's Vice President of IT Infrastructure, Chair of the Open Data Center Alliance, and Forecast 2013 keynote speaker who will discuss how BMW is using ODCA Usage Models and requirements to implement his company's cloud strategy. The complete two-day agenda is posted on the Forecast 2013 website.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES FIRST FORECAST 2013 SPEAKERS

Welcomes Kingston Technology Corporation as a Corporate Sponsor, SNIA as a Collaboration Sponsor and Web Host Industry Review and WHIR Magazine as a Media Sponsor

PORTLAND, Ore., March 28, 2013 –  The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced the first group of speakers, presenters and moderators for Forecast 2013, ODCA's second annual conference where global IT managers and services and solutions providers come together to discuss cloud adoption based on ODCA requirements. The speakers are leaders in shaping conversations on cloud computing and join Mario Mueller, BMW's Vice President of IT Infrastructure, Chair of the Open Data Center Alliance, and Forecast 2013's keynote speaker at this year's event. Forecast 2013 is taking place in conjunction with GigaOM Structure in San Francisco on June 17 and 18. Registration information, including information about early bird registration which runs through April 30, is available on the Forecast 2013 website.

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NEW OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE WHITE PAPER HIGHLIGHTS ADOPTION OF ODCA CLOUD USAGE MODELS

Organization Delivers New Requirements for Cloud Licensing and Data Security

PORTLAND, Ore. and PARIS, France, March 13, 2013 –  The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a global organization where hundreds of enterprise IT organizations are working together to drive broad scale requirements for the enterprise ready cloud, today announced the release of a new white paper focused on how one of its board members has adopted ODCA requirements as the foundation for its cloud implementation and the release of two new Usage Models focused on Software Entitlement and Data Security. With today's news, ODCA has now released over 20 cloud requirements documents and publications and is demonstrating significant momentum in the adoption of its cloud Usage Models.

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ODCA FORECAST 2013 SPONSORSHIP UPDATE: CISCO AND INTEL ANNOUNCED AS EVENT SPONSORS

Open Data Center Alliance Welcomes Cloud Security Alliance, Cloud Credential Council, OASIS, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and TM Forum as Collaboration Sponsors and CloudTimes and Security Stock Watch as Media Sponsors

PORTLAND, Ore., February 28, 2013 –  The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that the ODCA Forecast event has added industry leaders Cisco and Intel as event sponsors. Cisco, a leader in cloud solution delivery, will serve as a platinum sponsor of the event. Intel, the technical advisor to the Alliance, will serve as the conference's underwriting sponsor. Now in its second year, Forecast offers a unique opportunity for IT managers to engage with peers on best practices for adoption of enterprise ready cloud deployments and to learn about the latest ODCA requirements. Forecast 2013 will be held June 17-18th in San Francisco.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE WELCOMES MICROSOFT AS CONTRIBUTING MEMBER

Global Cloud Services and Data Center Solutions Leader to Contribute to Organization's Mission to Deliver Enterprise-Ready Cloud Solutions

PORTLAND, Ore., February 27, 2013 –  The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that Microsoft Corp., a global leader in cloud service and data center solution delivery, has joined the organization as a contributor member. With Windows Azure, its industry leading cloud platform, and leadership in enterprise software delivery, Microsoft brings a valuable perspective to the organization and is expected to contribute immediately to the Alliance's mission. The ODCA's current membership is comprised of hundreds of corporations spanning the globe working collaboratively towards shaping the future of the enterprise ready cloud based on industry standard solutions. The organization aims to be a voice for enterprise IT in articulating the requirements for the transforming enterprise IT landscape with focus on topics including open, interoperable delivery of compute infrastructure as a service, cloud security, and best practices for adoption of big data analytics.

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ODCA BOARD MEMBER BMW TO HEADLINE FORECAST 2013

Alliance Publishes Detailed Agenda for Premiere Conference; Announces European and Asian Solutions Summits

PORTLAND, Ore., January 28, 2013 –  The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that Alliance board member BMW will headline the second annual ODCA Forecast 2013. The conference is scheduled for June 17-18 in San Francisco in conjunction with GigaOm's Structure event. Forecast 2013 is a unique opportunity for enterprise IT professionals to set actionable plans for deployment of cloud and big data solutions based on real-world best practices from leading IT organizations.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE PUBLISHES BIG DATA CONSUMER GUIDE

Document Outlines Key Challenges and Requirements for Integration of Big Data Analytics to Enterprise, Sets Agenda for Expected $16 Billion Market

PORTLAND, Ore., December 19, 2012 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that it has published a new document, titled Open Data Center Alliance: Big Data Consumer Guide to help address enterprise IT challenges in adopting new approaches of data analytics into their environments. With IDC estimating that big data is growing to a $16 billion dollar market by 2015, solutions providers will benefit from a report capturing enterprise priorities for big data adoption. With 15 out of 17 U.S. business sectors have more data stored per company than the U.S. Library of Congress according to a recent McKinsey study, the time is ideal for enterprises to benefit from this guide.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES FORECAST 2013 CONFERENCE

Strategically Aligned with GigaOM's Structure, Event Will Encourage Best Practice Discussions to Drive Enterprise Cloud Adoption

PORTLAND, Ore., December 11, 2012 – The Open Data Center Alliance today announced that ODCA Forecast 2013 will take place June 17-18 in San Francisco. This is the Alliance's second-annual conference for global IT managers and services and solutions providers to come together to discuss cloud adoption based on ODCA requirements. According to a recent survey, 12 percent of ODCA members have already deployed cloud solutions based on Usage Model requirements published by the Alliance. ODCA Forecast 2013 will focus on sharing best practices based on these initiatives with an agenda uniquely built around leading IT voices and devoid of sales pitches. The conference will be held adjacent to GigaOM's Structure conference. GigaOM is partnering with the Alliance as a premier media sponsor of ODCA Forecast 2013.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE RELEASES COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR $20B+ IaaS MARKET

Master Usage Models for Compute Infrastructure as a Service, Service Orchestration and Commercial Framework Build on Two Years of Requirements Definitions, Create Actionable Blueprint for Cloud Service Delivery

BEAVERTON. ORE., November 1, 2012 – The Open Data Center Alliance today announced the release of three Master Usage Models integrating requirements from the Alliance's wealth of publications to help simplify provider delivery of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions. With Gartner projecting that the IaaS market will grow to more than $24 billion by 2016, these new Usage Models provide requirements for Compute Infrastructure as a Service (CIaaS), Service Orchestration and Commercial Framework, to drive interoperability and accelerate service delivery.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE AND TM FORUM DELIVER MAJOR COLLABORATION MILESTONE ON COMPUTE INFRASTRUCTURE AS A SERVICE

Joint publications drive requirements definitions for $20B+ IaaS market, outline efficient paths to deployment

PORTLAND. ORE., November 1, 2012 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) and TM Forum today announced a major milestone in collaboration with the publication of a suite of documents outlining requirements for Compute Infrastructure as a Service (CIaaS) that aim to simplify solution adoption by large enterprises. Leveraging the collective insights of both organizations, the publications include a joint statement on CIaaS, ODCA's specific technology and service requirements for CIaaS services, and documents from TM Forum's Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council that discuss requirements for enterprise-grade CIaaS environments.

"The collaboration between TM Forum and the ODCA provides a comprehensive IT view on enterprise-grade CIaaS requirements and incorporates insight from some of cloud computing's earliest adopters, many of which are TM Forum members," said Dr. Robert B. Cohen, Director of the Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council, TM Forum. "Both service providers and cloud infrastructure vendors are looking to the cloud to help them meet demand for digital-based services. The requirements for cloud services included in this joint work reflect both of our organizations' vision for a robust, open and vibrant cloud marketplace."

The publications delivered through the collaboration include:

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM SURVEY FORECASTS FASTER THAN EXPECTED CLOUD ADOPTION BY MEMBERS

Two thirds of members planning on ODCA requirement integration into cloud purchases

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10, 2012 – The Open Data Center Alliance today unveiled the results of their second annual member survey at the ODCA Solutions Provider Summit. The results show that members are scaling cloud adoption 15% faster than previously forecast, with over half of responding members running a >40% of their IT operations in the private cloud by 2015 and a quarter of members running more than 40% of their operations in the public cloud. ODCA membership signaled broad adoption of solutions based on ODCA requirements with over two thirds of members planning on requirement integration into purchasing decisions within the next twenty four months. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), human resources, finance, and sales and marketing are among the applications driving broad member adoption.

Security continues to lead as a top motivator in cloud adoption targets for members in the second annual ODCA member survey. The survey, which included responses from 63 ODCA members, illustrated a number of trends in cloud:

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THE OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE PUBLISHES NEW USAGE MODELS AND RELEASES NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK CARBON FOOTPRINT BEST PRACTICE PAPER

New Usage Models Outline Requirements for Interoperability in the Cloud, Including PaaS and SaaS Interoperability

BEAVERTON. ORE., August 15, 2012 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today published two new interoperability-focused Usage Models focused at PaaS and SaaS accompanied by an foundational document on interoperability requirements for the cloud. These documents form a clear picture of customer demands for interoperable solutions regardless of type of service delivered through the cloud and join previously published Usage Models addressing interoperability of IaaS solutions. The documents detail expectations for market delivery to the organization's mission of open, industry standard cloud solution adoption, and discussions have already begun with providers to help accelerate delivery of solutions based on these new requirements. This suite of requirements was joined by a Best Practices document from National Australia Bank (NAB) outlining carbon footprint reductions in cloud computing. NAB's paper illustrates their leadership in innovative methods to report carbon emissions in the cloud and aligns their best practices to underlying Alliance requirements. All of these documents are available in the ODCA Documents Library.

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TM FORUM AND OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE COLLABORATE TO TACKLE CLOUD

TM Forum's Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council (ECLC) and Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) partner to identify best practices, coordinate field trials for virtual private cloud services

Morristown, NJ, June 12, 2012 – – TM Forum announced today that its Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council (ECLC), a group of major corporations focused on developing standards and best-practices for cloud services based on enterprise requirements, and the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), an independent IT consortium comprised of global IT leaders, are working together to develop standards for enterprise cloud services. Together the two organizations will work to reduce the cost of cloud deployment, speed time-to-market and improve service quality with an initial focus on virtual private cloud and private cloud services embedded within the public cloud.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM MEMBERS SIGNAL 2012 AS THE YEAR FOR BROAD CLOUD ADOPTION

Inaugural ODCA Forecast 2012 Features Insights from Leading Members on Cloud Deployment and Delivery Progress

New Highlights
  • ODCA members, including BMW, National Australia Bank and UBS discuss their paths for cloud adoption aligned with the Alliance; Capgemini, Lockheed Martin and Terremark outline plans to deliver cloud services matching Alliance requirements
  • ODCA launches the Member Engagement and Education Tool (MEET) to help members connect with one another to accelerate cloud adoption
  • ODCA members Virtustream and Trapezoid announce first services delivered matching ODCA requirements; Joined by industry leaders Citrix, Dell, HP, Intel and Red Hat showcasing latest open cloud solutions

NEW YORK, June 12, 2012
More than 50 IT leaders representing enterprise IT, cloud service providers, leading solution providers and standards organizations participated in Open Data Center Alliance Forecast 2012 to share their vision for emerging data center technologies and highlight significant momentum in cloud computing adoption. The event, featuring a diverse range of influencers from companies including BMW, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, Lockheed Martin, National Australia Bank and UBS, included in-depth discussion and debate around critical issues shaping cloud deployments, ranging from security and regulation, to open standards and Big Data.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM ANNOUNCES THAT UBS CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER ANDY BROWN WILL KEYNOTE AT FORECAST 2012

Rackspace CTO John Engates to Deliver Openstack Industry Perspective, New Big Data Panel Joins Forecast 2012 Agenda

PORTLAND, Ore., May 09, 2012 – – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that UBS Chief Technology Officer Andy Brown will be a keynote speaker at the Open Data Center Alliance Forecast 2012 event. Brown plans to address enterprise requirements for the cloud and comment on the progress of industry delivery of solutions based on the ODCA Usage Models. In his role as chief technology officer, Brown is responsible for advancing the investment bank's group architecture, simplifying the application and infrastructure landscape, and improving the quality of UBS's technical solutions.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM WELCOMES T-SYSTEMS TO STEERING COMMITTEE AND CLOUDERA, HORTONWORKS, LENOVO, LINK4DEV, MAPR, SAS AND SYMANTEC AS SOLUTIONS PROVIDER MEMBERS

Alliance Introduces Call for Papers for ODCA Forecast 2012

PORTLAND, Ore., May 03, 2012 – – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today welcomed T-Systems, Hortonworks, Lenovo, Link4Dev, MapRSAS and Symantec as solutions provider members. The membership of the Alliance continues to grow as companies recognize the need for a common voice in the expansion and development of cloud computing requirements.  The ODCA also announced a call for papers for ODCA Forecast 2012 Poster Chat and Birds of a Feather discussions. Held on June 12, in conjunction with the 10th International Cloud Expo in New York City, ODCA Forecast 2012 will bring together hundreds of members of the Alliance, industry experts and leading technology companies to showcase how ODCA Usage Model adoption can accelerate ROI for businesses deploying cloud solutions and services.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM CREATES DATA SERVICES WORKGROUP TO ACCELERATE BIG DATA AND CONTENT MANAGEMENT SOLUTION TO ENTERPRISE

New members join Open Data Center Alliance to help enterprise IT use cutting edge database solutions 

PORTLAND, Ore., April 30, 2012 – – Recognizing the challenge faced by IT in managing a forecasted 6.7 times growth of data within the enterprise over the next 5 years, the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced the formation of a Data Services Workgroup chartered to document the most urgent requirements facing IT in their management of data towards competitive opportunity. The Data Services Workgroup will focus initially on big data by documenting Usage Model requirements towards increasing enterprise's ability to securely collect, manage and analyze this data. Accelerating enterprise IT's ability to use cutting edge database solutions for near real time insight into business decisions, and driving interoperability among big data frameworks and traditional business intelligence (BI) solutions will be the primary objectives of the workgroup. As part of the new charter, the Alliance will engage with big data industry leaders Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR Technologies, which have announced membership in the organization today, as well as leading data management solutions provider members, including Teradata and SAS, in matching industry delivery of open
solutions with prioritized IT requirements. 

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM FORECAST 2012 ADDS NEW PANEL PARTICIPANTS

Champion Solutions Group, Dell, Hewlett Packard, McAfee, Cloud Security Alliance, Cloud Computing Magazine and InformationWeek to Sponsor Forecast 2012

PORTLAND, Ore., April 18, 2012 – – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced additional panel participants and sponsors for Open Data Center Alliance Forecast 2012, an event designed for IT leaders to harness the latest developments on solution delivery for the expected 2012 ramp in cloud solution deployments. Held on June 12, in conjunction with the 10th International Cloud Expo in New York City, ODCA Forecast 2012 will bring together hundreds of members of the Alliance, industry experts and leading technology companies to showcase how ODCA Usage Model adoption can accelerate ROI for businesses deploying cloud solutions and services.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM RELEASES FIVE NEW USAGE MODELS FOCUSED ON IT REQUIREMENTS FOR CLOUD COMPUTING

Open Data Center Alliance Forecast 2012 Will Highlight Usage Models; Alliance Also Announces Event Sponsors

PORTLAND, Ore., April 4, 2012 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced the availability of five new Usage Models focused on security and infrastructure, and an overview document on identity management in the cloud. These user-driven requirements are based on the most pressing cloud computing challenges faced by Alliance member organizations. The Alliance also announced the first sponsors of Open Data Center Alliance Forecast 2012, an event designed for IT leaders to harness the latest developments on solution delivery for the expected 2012 ramp in cloud solution deployments. Held on June 12 in conjunction with the 10th International Cloud Expo in New York City, ODCA Forecast 2012 will bring together hundreds of members of the Alliance, industry experts and leading technology companies to showcase how ODCA Usage Model adoption can accelerate ROI for businesses deploying cloud solutions and services.

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CLOUD VISIONARIES TO SIGNAL PROGRESS ON OPEN CLOUD ADOPTION AT ODCA FORECAST 2012

Open Data Center Alliance Announces Forecast 2012 Agenda, Speakers & Moderators

WHAT: The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) has announced leading speakers, panel moderators, and targeted sessions for its upcoming ODCA Forecast 2012 event. The presenters and moderators represent leaders in shaping today's conversations on cloud computing supporting an agenda focused on broad adoption of open cloud solutions. Forecast 2012 will feature leading enterprise IT executives discussing their progress in adopting cloud solutions based on the requirements defined by the ODCA and offers an opportunity for IT managers and industry leaders to engage with leaders of the organization. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 co-located with Cloud Expo in New York City. Registrants to the event have been granted access to attend Cloud Expo with their Forecast 2012 badge, a discount from Cloud Expo event pricing.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM SPEEDS CLOUD SOLUTIONS DELIVERY WITH RELEASE OF STANDARD SOLUTION PROPOSAL LANGUAGE AND TOOLS ALIGNED TO ALLIANCE REQUIREMENTS

Board Members Announce Initial Implementations for Open Cloud Solutions

New Highlights
  • Open Data Center Alliance releases RFP language for 5 of its top Usage Models for broad membership to directly reference ODCA requirements in their deployment planning processes, launches online tools to simplify incorporation of requirement language into tenders and RFPs
  • Organization leadership commits to initial implementations against Usage Models with National Australia Bank leading with initial testing of proof of concept for security provider assurance Usage Model
  • Group extends global reach with addition of Japan's leading IT service provider NTT DATA joining organization board of directors
  • Alliance prepares to host Forecast 2012 highlighting end-user best practices and portfolio of solutions delivery based on Alliance requirements in New York City.


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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM ANNOUNCES CURT AUBLEY AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT FORECAST 2012

WHAT: The keynote speaker for Forecast 2012: Shaping the Future of Cloud Computing, an Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) one-day event, will be Curt Aubley, vice president and chief technology officer, Cyber & NexGen Innovation at Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions (LM IS&GS).

 

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM ANNOUNCES FORECAST 2012, BRINGING TOGETHER LEADING ENTERPRISES AND CLOUD PROVIDERS TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF CLOUD COMPUTING

Organization's First Event to Provide Latest on Deployment of Solutions Based on Alliance Requirements, Address Today's Most Pressing Challenges Facing Widespread Adoption of Cloud Computing

PORTLAND, Ore. – Jan. 31, 2012 – The Open Data Center Alliance today announced that it will host a major event, Forecast 2012: Shaping the Future of Cloud Computing, June 12 in New York City. Held in conjunction with the 10th International Cloud Expo, this event will be open to Alliance members, partner organizations and any companies and organizations interested in addressing the most pressing challenges associated with transitioning to cloud computing. The event will include presentations by top cloud visionaries, classes presented by Alliance technical leaders and the latest industry advancements in delivery of solutions based on Alliance requirements.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM ANNOUNCES DEUTSCHE BANK AS WINNER OF "CONQUERING THE CLOUD CHALLENGE"

China Telecom and Peruvian State Selected as Challenge Category Winners

New Highlights
  • Open Data Center AllianceSM announced that Deutsche Bank won the "Conquering the Cloud Challenge," a competition to identify best practices for cloud and data center solutions.
  • The winners were selected by a team of industry experts, as well as members of the public, and represent innovative and relevant best practices for implementing cloud-based solutions.
  • Winners represented companies in Asia, Europe and South America showcasing cloud computing's global reach in IT transformation.


BEAVERTON, Ore., November 29, 2011 – Today the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) announced that Deutsche Bank has won the "Conquering the Cloud Challenge," a competition to identify the best practices for cloud computing and data center solutions. Deutsche Bank was selected by a panel of expert judges as the grand prize winner for the entry,"Identity Management in the New Hybrid Cloud World," and awarded a $10,000 purse and other prizes. Judges cited that Deutsche Bank's entry tackled a difficult problem, clearly described a technology implementation and showcased an effective approach to cloud computing that can be leveraged across organizations. More details on Deutsche Bank's entry can be found here.

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THE GREEN GRID AND OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM FORM STRATEGIC COLLABORATION TO DRIVE EFFICIENT CLOUD RESOURCE STANDARDS

New Highlights
  • Collaboration will align metrics from The Green Grid with Alliance Carbon Footprint Usage Model to pave a path to deliver energy efficient cloud solutions.
  • Introduced in Dec. 2010, The Green Grid's Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE) metric addresses data center-specific carbon emissions and will be leveraged in this collaboration.
  • Initial collaboration work is targeted for completion in the first half of 2012.


SANTA CLARA, Nov.7, 2011 – Today, The Green Grid (TGG), the IT industry's leading voice for advancing resource efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems, and the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the leading end-user driven cloud requirements consortium, announced a strategic collaboration at Cloud Computing Expo 2011 West. Together, TGG and the ODCA will utilize TGG's IT efficiency metrics, including Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), to align with ODCA's cloud Usage Model requirements to deliver resource efficient computing for industry solutions. Initial delivery of collaboration work is expected in the first half of 2012.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM AND CLOUD SECURITY ALLIANCE JOIN FORCES TO TARGET DELIVERY OF CLOUD SECURITY EQUIVALENT TO TODAY'S LEADING ENTERPRISE PRACTICES, ACCELERATE CLOUD ADOPTION

Initial Collaboration Targeted for H1' 2012 Delivery will Align Cloud Security Best Practices with Alliance Customer Requirements

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) announced a strategic collaboration today which will accelerate industry standard delivery of cloud solutions to meet customer requirements for broad cloud computing implementation. Initial collaboration focus will align ODCA Cloud Service Provider Assurance and Monitoring requirements with CSA best practices and collaborate on cloud security certification training and testing. Initial results from the collaboration are targeted for the first half of 2012.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM AND DISTRIBUTED MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE TO COLLABORATE ON INTEROPERABLE CLOUD MANAGEMENT

Results from initial collaboration focused on virtual machine management expected in H1' 2012

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 – Today, the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) and the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) announced a collaboration that will hasten the development of industry standards for managing cloud computing environments. Focusing on interoperability and ease of use, this relationship is expected to address one of the most pressing issues facing widespread computing today - the need for simplified cloud management through a single view of all cloud resources. Initial collaboration engagement will focus on one of today's most pressing IT challenges, interoperable management of virtual machines regardless of data center location. Adoption of efficient cloud solutions is estimated to save global IT operations budgets $25B, according to ODCA forecasts, and simplified cloud management is a critical aspect of achieving increased efficiencies.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM MEMBERSHIP FORECASTS A TRIPLING OF CLOUD COMPUTING DEPLOYMENTS, OUTLINES PLANS TO ADDRESS TOP CUSTOMER ADOPTION OBSTACLES

Organization Momentum Accelerates with Publication of Cloud Application Development and Resiliency Paper, Strategic Standards Collaborations, HP and Computer Associates Join Organization

New Highlights
  • Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) accelerates delivery of industry standard cloud adoption announcing collaborations on potential standards with the Cloud Security Alliance and DMTF as well as release of best practices for cloud application development and resiliency.
  • With the addition of Hewlett Packard (HP) and Computer Associates to member ranks, the Alliance now includes representation from over 90% of the virtualization software market, over two-thirds of the server hardware market, and the leading networking, storage and enterprise management vendors.
  • Forecasted growth in member adoption of cloud operations represents 5X faster than broad market forecasts for the >$90B cloud computing market based on the industry's alignment to deliver open, interoperable cloud solutions.


NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011  – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) members will triple cloud deployment in the next 2 years according to a report published by the organization today. This adoption is 5X faster than Q2'2011 IDC market forecasts for the >$90B expected invested in cloud operations worldwide in the next two years and reflects growing member confidence in delivery of industry standard cloud solutions that align with top customer requirements outlined by the organization earlier this year.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH OPEN COMPUTE PROJECT

Organizations plan joint work on open specifications for efficient server, storage and data center infrastructure

New Highlights
  • ODCA and OCP to work together to define open specifications and requirements documents for efficient web-scale and cloud infrastructure, including servers, storage and data centers.
  • ODCA brings 300+ company membership with $100B+ in IT spend to evaluate, adopt, and innovate on OCP hardware and designs for broader enterprise use.
  • The two organizations will collaborate on design and specification projects.


INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 13, 2011 – The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced a collaboration with the Open Compute Project (OCP) on system and data center specifications to drive adoption of efficient data center and infrastructure design; spur rapid hardware innovation; and encourage greater openness and industry collaboration.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM UNVEILS SIX PROOF-OF-CONCEPT SOLUTIONS THAT ADDRESS INDUSTRY WIDE USAGE MODEL REQUIREMENTS


New Highlights
  • Open Data Center AllianceSM (ODCA or Alliance) solutions provider members have responded to the group's initial Usage Models with the first proof-of-concept solutions at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF).
  • Momentum for the organization continues, with membership totaling over 300 members, including seven new solution providers.
  • ODCA Board of Director's Chairman, Marvin Wheeler, will participate in a panel on Wednesday, September 14 from 11:00a.m.- 12:30p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The ODCA will also lead a technical training session on Usage Models Wednesday at 10:00a.m PDT. Both sessions are in room 2002.


INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 13, 2011 – Today at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), the Open Data Center Alliance debuted six proof-of-concept solutions in collaboration with solution provider members Citrix Systems, Dell, EMC, JouleX, Parallels, Red Hat and VMware. The solution demonstrations align with data center industry needs, documented by the Alliance in June 2011 as the organization's first Usage Models for the data center and signal the first industry response to the Alliance's requirements.  Delivery of solutions based on Alliance Usage Models is expected to accelerate over $25 billion of cloud computing investment.

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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM DEBUTS "CONQUERING THE CLOUD CHALLENGE" TO UNCOVER MOST INNOVATIVE CLOUD BEST PRACTICE


New Highlights
  • Open Data Center AllianceSM announced the "Conquering the Cloud Challenge," a competition to find best practices for cloud and data center solutions with a $10,000 grand prize.
  • Team of expert industry judges to select most innovative and relevant best practice for implementing cloud-based solutions.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 6, 2011 – Today, the Open Data Center AllianceSM announced the "Conquering the Cloud Challenge," a competition to find best practices for cloud and data center solutions with a $10,000 grand prize. The competition is open to corporations, universities and non-profits which are in the planning stages, developing solutions, or have already implemented cloud-based solutions. Entrants will submit their organization's best practice in one of four categories: Secure Cloud On-Boarding of Enterprise Applications; Application Resiliency in the Cloud; Identity Management in the New Hybrid Cloud World; and Interoperability of Applications and Workloads Across Many Clouds and Platforms. One grand prize winner and four category winners will be selected by an expert panel of judges.

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THE OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCESM REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE WITH DELIVERY OF FIRST PUBLIC CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS FOR CLOUD COMPUTING

Organization Announces Recommendations for Enhanced Security, Services Transparency, Efficient Computing and Enhanced Cloud Interoperability to Accelerate $50B Cloud Computing Industry

New York –June 7,2011 –
Today, the Open Data Center AllianceSM has announced a major milestone in its mission to drive open, interoperable cloud solutions. In just seven months, the Alliance has quadrupled membership to more than 280 global IT leaders with collective annual IT spending of over $100 billion, formed workgroups, established alignment with key industry standards bodies and solutions providers and published initial cloud requirements. Today's announcement marks the Alliance's release of the first, user-driven requirements for the cloud based on member prioritization of the most pressing challenges facing IT. The release will shape member purchasing and outline requests to vendors and solutions providers to deliver leading cloud and next-generation data center solutions.


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OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE WELCOMES SOLUTION PROVIDER MEMBERS AS ORGANIZATION DOUBLES MEMBERSHIP

Organization Extends Reach in China with Establishment of China Workgroup

Beijing, China – April 13, 2011 – The Open Data Center Alliance, an independent consortium of global IT leaders aimed at providing a unified vision for long-term data center requirements, today fulfilled its promise of collaboration with solution providers by establishing of a new class of membership specifically designed to enable solution providers to provide input on the organization's Usage Model Roadmap, while keeping the Roadmap pure to the Alliance's mission of publishing unbiased IT requirements for data center innovation.
"Enabling solution providers a method for participation while keeping true to their established charter is a major step forward for the Open Data Center Alliance in fulfilling its mission for defining and developing requirements for the future of the data center," said Matthew Eastwood, group vice president, Enterprise Platform Research at IDC. "Bringing the voice of the end-user community together with key providers of data center and cloud infrastructure solutions is going to ultimately drive Usage Models that reflect both IT requirements and technology innovation."

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CAPGEMINI AND CHINA UNICOM GROUP JOIN OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE STEERING COMMITTEE

Alliance Announces 32 Contributor Members as IT Leaders Continue to Join Organization

Beaverton, OR – January 18, 2011 – The Open Data Center Alliance, an independent consortium of global IT leaders aimed at providing a unified vision for long term data center requirements, today announced Capgemini and China Unicom Group have joined the Steering Committee of the organization. Steering Committee members share a common vision for the requirements shaping evolving data centers today, and are responsible for charting the course of the Open Data Center Alliance. Capgemini and China Unicom Group join existing Steering Committee members—BMW; China Life; Deutsche Bank; JPMorgan Chase; Lockheed Martin; Marriott International, Inc.; National Australia Bank; Shell Global Solutions, Inc.; Terremark; and UBS—with a collective two-year commitment including active participation in the Alliance Technical Workgroups and financial support of the Alliance.

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THE OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE, A CONSORTIUM OF LEADING GLOBAL IT MANAGERS, LAUNCHES WITH MISSION TO DEFINE REQUIREMENTS FOR NEXT GENERATION DATA CENTERS AND CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE

With Over $50 Billion in Collective IT Spending, Members are Committed to the Alliance's Vendor-Agnostic Roadmap to Help Guide Purchasing Decisions and Data Center Planning


SAN FRANCISCO – Oct. 27, 2010 – The Open Data Center Alliance, an independent consortium of global IT leaders, today announced its formation and previewed the Alliance's 0.5 vendor-agnostic Usage Model Roadmap. The Roadmap comprises 19 prioritized Usage Models that address emerging technical requirements for data center and cloud infrastructure and is based on open, interoperable solutions that can be sourced from multiple vendors and interoperate across data centers. Members of the Open Data Center Alliance – with over $50 billion in collective IT spending – are committed to this Roadmap to guide their data center and cloud purchasing decisions today and for planning their data center deployments of the future. The Alliance is led by a Steering Committee comprised of global IT leaders – including BMW; China Life; Deutsche Bank; JPMorgan Chase; Lockheed Martin; Marriott International, Inc.; National Australia Bank; Shell; Terremark; and UBS – who are joined by more than 70 members representing a broad array of industries. Intel Corporation serves as the Alliance's Technical Advisor.

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