Our Work
Steering Group

Our Work. The Companies can reap significant benefits by moving their applications to cloud technologies, including reduced infrastructure costs, greater flexibility and agility, easier client access, more partnering opportunities, and improved compatibility across devices.

But any new technology brings new challenges, and cloud computing is no exception. Enterprise IT managers have to address migration strategies, application readiness, security concerns, regulatory requirements, and operational transparency, all while keeping track of the rapid evolution of cloud infrastructure solutions.

The Alliance has adopted a Usage Model approach to define and share our priorities with solution providers , standards bodies, and the industry at large.


Our primary work is the publication of Usage Models that give detailed definitions of IT requirements to address specific challenges and priorities in data center evolution and, specifically, cloud deployment. All Alliance members have a role in the development of these documents. Initial drafting is done by the Technical workgroups, with Technical Coordination Committee oversight. All members, including Solution Provider members, have a chance to comment on the drafts. The Steering Group provides final review and approval before public release.

New Usage Models will be added and existing ones will be refined and expanded based on feedback and key learnings from members as they deploy these use cases. All Alliance members have committed to a vendor-agnostic Usage Model-based approach to guide their data center planning and purchasing decisions.

Learn more about the Open Data Center Usage Models.
Read Open Data Center Alliance Usage Models: Conceptual Overview and Document Map.


Alliance publications call out existing standards (typically as non-binding recommendations) when relevant to the Usage Models and their solutions. We also highlight areas where new standards are required and engage with appropriate industry forums to address these. It is not our intent to create our own standards specifications. So we're inviting formal collaborations with industry standards bodies and other organizations that complement our charter.


The Alliance has a special class of membership for cloud solution providers. These members contribute technical expertise and feedback during development of the Alliance Usage Models. They are committed to using the requirements to guide their planning. And we look to them for industry leadership in delivering products and services that are responsive to the Alliance requirements.


Our charter also includes education on the Alliance mission and publications. We use online communications, public webcasts, event presentations, and other engagements to create broad awareness of the Alliance and our work.




Please visit our Library Page for a complete list of presentations, white papers, and other technical documents.



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