Open Data Center Alliance pushes standardization

The ODCA updates to revision 2.0 in its quest to deliver on customer-sourced usage models.

With the delivery of almost 30 documents setting standards for the usage of datacenter storage to orchestration, the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) continues to work on its goal of providing user-based standardization models that can be applied across industries to enable business datacenters to standardize and simplify dealings with vendors. Founded in 2011, the OCA membership is comprised of some of the largest commercial users of datacenter services across a broad spectrum of industries.

The ODCA usage models focus on eight categories: infrastructure, security, commercial, carbon, compliance, management and services, data and portability. Updated to revision 2.0 this week were the

  • Open Data Center Alliance Master Usage Model: Service Orchestration Rev. 2.0 — describes the processes, interfaces and aspects to be considered when deploying services on cloud platforms. This usage model includes 19 usage scenarios of a cloud service engagement as well as the foundation for the next phase of usage development including bursting between clouds and other areas that include Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
  • Open Data Center Alliance Master Usage Model: Compute Infrastructure as a Service (CIaaS) Rev. 2.0 — defines all of the key elements of a Compute Infrastructure as a Service (CIaaS), how to use this service model, and what to consider in its adoption. ODCA has integrated critical security requirements into this 2.0 publication, increasing the value of this master usage model and paving the way for rapid deployment by enterprises.

Also revised to version 2.0 was their fundamental Conceptual Model of Usage Models and Document Map, the master document as it were, that describes how all of the pieces fit together in the ODCA view of how datacenters are utilized by business.