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Open Data Center Alliance Adds New Frameworks, Bringing Total to 20

March 20, 2013
By Rory Lidstone, Software Licensing Contributing Writer

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a global organization made up of hundreds of enterprise IT organizations working to drive broad scale requirements for the enterprise-ready cloud, recently released two new usage models regarding Software Entitlement Management and Data Security. These models aim to develop a hybrid cloud model that allows both public and private clouds to coexist, sharing resources as effectively as possible.

These documents bring the total number of cloud requirements documents released by the ODCA to 20. Meanwhile, the Alliance has gathered significant momentum in adoption of its cloud usage models, which include interoperability-focused usage models for PaaS and SaaS, as well as a document on interoperability requirements for the cloud. These two latest models exhibit perhaps the ODCA's most significant cloud requirement advancements yet.

Software Entitlement Management makes a case for moving away from annual software licensing schemes based on CPU core count metrics, which are deemed outdated. Instead, the report suggests the adoption of models that better fit cloud based delivery of on-demand services and dynamic resource scaling.

The Data Security Framework, meanwhile, builds on the existing ODCA security assurance usage model, but focuses more on security of corporate data. It introduces attributes for securing data, such as mechanisms for access control, data classification, data encryption and data masking.

These usage models were included as part of an ODCA white paper, which also outlines the private cloud strategy implemented at BMW, which includes multiple phases of implementation from internal cloud delivery to full integration of public cloud services.

"Cloud computing represents an unparalleled opportunity to deliver resiliency and scale to meet our business challenges," said Mario Mueller, chair of the Open Data Center Alliance and vice president of IT Infrastructure at BMW, in a statement. "By publishing BMW's strategy for cloud adoption, we hope to share our insights in how to integrate cloud principles into an existing enterprise IT environment leveraging our work in the Open Data Center Alliance."

Earlier in March, CohesiveFT joined the ODCA as a Solution Provider Member.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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