What Is The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA)?

Written by Caitlin Davidson

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The Open Data Center Alliance Defined

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) is an independent information technology consortium, whose goal is to develop a unified vision of cloud requirements. 

The ODCA was formed in 2010 and is led by a steering committee consisting of senior IT executives from BMW, Capgemini, China Unicom, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, NTT Corp., National Australia Bank, Terramark, T-Systems International, The Walt Disney Company and UBS. The ODCA has more than 320 member companies, with Intel Corp. acting as the group’s technical advisor. 

The ODCA vision and  usage models describe the challenges and requirements for cloud deployment. These are under four different categories including;

  • secure cloud federation
  • cloud infrastructure automation
  • common management 
  • transparent cloud service delivery. 

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