Chip Shot: Open Data Center Alliance Delivers First, User-Driven Cloud Requirements

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), which has quadrupled its membership to more than 280 global IT leaders in seven months and to which Intel serves as technical advisor, announced a major milestone in its mission to drive open, interoperable cloud solutions. The ODCA released the first, user-driven requirements for the cloud based on what members deem to be the most pressing challenges facing IT. These lay out a plan to enable federation, agility and efficiency across cloud computing while identifying the specific innovations in secure federation, automation, common management and policy and solution transparency required for widespread adoption of cloud services that aim to reduce $25 billion in annual IT costs within five years and spur over $50 billion in cloud services innovation. For more information on the ODCA’s announcement and how Intel plans to meet the requirements of the usage models, listen to two Intel Chip Chat podcasts discussing this news.