MUNICH, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, at the 5th Annual Telco Cloud World Forum, 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, announced a collaboration with Intel® Corporation. Under the collaboration, the ODCA will integrate its usage models into the Intel® Cloud Finder Program, an online reference site that assists users with the selection of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).
"ODCA members have stated a desire to easily identify cloud services meeting ODCA requirements, and Intel Cloud Finder provides an ideal tool to meet this requirement," said Mario Mueller, ODCA chairman and vice president of IT Infrastructure, BMW. "With enterprises ramping up cloud service usage based on ODCA usage models this year, the availability of this tool is perfectly timed for members' expected deployments."
ODCA also announced the publication of Proof of Concept (PoC): Enterprise Cloud Service Quality, a white paper developed in collaboration with software provider Appnomic Systems, an ODCA Steering Group Member, and Intel Corporation.
"With Intel Cloud Finder, we are able to quickly find service providers that best meet our needs," said Correy Voo, ODCA president and chief technology officer at UBS. "The tool is simple to use and enables a more efficient use of time and resources in our RFP process."
ODCA Proof of Concept (PoC): Enterprise Cloud Service Quality ODCA's latest PoC provides a method for evaluating different Compute Infrastructure as a Service (CIaaS) providers—including internal enterprise operations. The framework shows how enterprises can compare multiple CIaaS providers to evaluate quality of service, deliver better end-user experiences, enhance overall cloud operations and increase their return on investment. This PoC also proposes the adoption of an industry-wide "Cloud Facts" label, similar in concept to the nutrition facts label in the food industry.
"We're very excited about this PoC with Appnomic Systems, Intel and the support of our Steering Group, as we contribute to the valuable body of ODCA work," said Cathy Spence, ODCA advisor and principal engineer, Intel. "Adding to the body of knowledge that the ODCA has created so far, this PoC will save enterprises time, money and resources, allowing IT departments to make informed decisions about how to architect and deploy data center services."
The ODCA Leadership Forum will be held in conjunction with the 5th Annual Telco Cloud World Forum, April 28-30, 2014 in Munich, Germany. ODCA speakers at the event include:
Reyk Bederke, vice president of IT Portfolio Architecture, T-Systems International and member of the Board, ODCA
Martin Heisig, senior vice president of HANA Enterprise Cloud Operations, SAP and member of the board, ODCA
Mario Mueller, vice president IT Infrastructure, BMW and chairman and secretary, ODCA
Cathy Spence, principal engineer, Intel and technical coordination committee chair, ODCA
Ian Lamont, IT security specialist, BMW and co-chair of the ODCA security workgroup
Ryan Skipp, portfolio & solution development, DTAG/T-Systems and chair of ODCA manageability and services workgroup
About The Open Data Center Alliance The Open Data Center AllianceSM is an independent IT consortium comprised of global IT leaders who have come together to provide a unified customer vision for long-term data center requirements. The organization is led by a 13-member steering group, which includes representatives from BMW, Capgemini, China Unicom, Infosys, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank (NAB), NTT Data, SAP, T-Systems, UBS and Verizon Terremark. Intel serves as technical advisor to the alliance. ODCA hosts a Flash Webinar Series every other Tuesday at 8:00am US PT. These public events are one of the best ways to get to know ODCA usage models from the ODCA members who worked on creating the documents. View the calendar and register to attend the webinars on the ODCA Flash Webinar page. More information about ODCA publications and membership can be found at the organization's website: www.opendatacenteralliance.org, and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Slideshare, Twitter, and YouTube.