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COLLABORATIONS.  The Open Data Center Alliance is committed to working closely with organizations active in cloud computing technical standards development. We are excited to be collaborating with these industry leaders.


The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization established to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing and provide education on how cloud computing can secure other types of computing. The collaboration will align ODCA Cloud Service Provider Assurance and Monitoring requirements with the CSA's Cloud Audit specification and STAR (Security, Trust, and Registry) program, as well as other best practices and cloud security certification training and testing. Initial results from the collaboration are targeted for the first half of 2012. Read more about the collaboration.

Cloud Security Alliance


The Distributed Management Task Force is an industry organization with more than 160 members, established to enable more effective management of millions of IT systems. The collaboration will hasten the development of industry standards for managing cloud computing environments, with a focus on interoperability and ease of use. The initial collaboration will focus on interoperable management of virtual machines regardless of data center location, and is expected to address the need for simplified cloud management through a single view of all cloud resources. Read more about the collaboration.
Distributed Management Task Force


The Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council is an industry body comprising multi-national companies and government bodies sharing actionable best practices, real-world reference implementations, and advancing the adoption of enterprise cloud operating models. Through the collaboration, ECLC and ODCA will work to define IT requirements and enable the optimal, flexible, and efficient management of a cloud ecosystem for the delivery of cloud services and data center deployments.

The Open Data Center Alliance and TM Forum deliver major collaboration milestone on Compute Infrastructure as a Service. Please check out this suite of documents aiming at simplifying solution adoption for enterprises.

Enterprise-Grade External Compute IaaS Requirements v 1.2 is a technical report addressing commercial, technical and operational requirements of enterprise-grade, external compute Infrastructure as a Service, also known as virtual private cloud.

Cloud Business Models explores a number of cloud business models and illustrates how the ECLC work on of enterprise-grade, external compute Infrastructure as a Service, also known as Virtual Private Clouds, is linked to NIST efforts to model clouds.

TM Forum Enterprise-Grade External Compute Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Requirements v 1.1 was constructed after referring to TM Forum's Frameworx suite of standards. Frameworx provides the blueprint for effective business operations, enabling a business to assess and improve performance by using a proven, service-oriented approach to operations and integration which allows executives to focus on growing your business. The spreadsheet derives from Frameworx 11.5. See

Enterprise-Grade Virtual Private Cloud from a State-of-the-Art Reference Implementation refers to Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) help address critical business needs for a more agile and less costly IT operating model with greater vendor contest ability. This paper can assist organizations in jump starting their VPC initiatives by detailing the capabilities and requirements of a state-of-the-art VPC, providing a reference architecture, and quantifying the benefits and metrics from an enterprise-grade VPC reference implementation that was tested in a lab environment. These results showed that VPCs can deliver high levels of automation, time savings, and can operate VMs at costs up to 75% less than comparable public cloud offerings.

The intent of this paper in the context of TMForum was to illustrate an initial field test of the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) requirements in Technical Report 174. As a follow-up, The Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council will use the "lessons learned" from this initial exercise to develop additional proofs of concepts for other IaaS requirements. The goal is to further refine the context created in this implementation in new Catalyst projects.

These documents are complimented by the ODCA's CIaaS Master Usage Model and a Joint Statement of work which summarizes the document suite.



is a not-for-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. The collaboration with ODCA will work to drive standards for service transparency.



The Green Grid is an IT industry group dedicated to advancing resource efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems. TGG and 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. Read more about the collaboration.

The Green Grid
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