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Cloud interoperability and open standards

Arif Mohamed | Computerworld UK | 23rd April 2014

As cloud technologies mature and enjoy widespread adoption amongst businesses, it is more important than ever to work together across the industry to make them as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

Intel drives cloud innovation through leadership in industry groups such as the Open Data Centre Alliance (ODCA). The group’s purpose is to encourage interoperability through the use of open data centre standards.

Its goal is to accelerate the adoption of good practices and develop standards that promote a broad range of interoperable, multivendor cloud solutions.

With this collaborative approach, businesses that use cloud technologies benefit, and so do the technology suppliers, who gain from offering highly efficient cloud technologies which work well with other vendors’ components.

The ODCA has a number of aims, which Intel shares as its technical advisor. Among these are to develop seamless, secure interaction between cloud data centres, and create dramatically simpler data centres with more agile infrastructure.

The group would like to see an open marketplace for ubiquitous and affordable computing – infrastructure and services – and innovation that drives IT breakthroughs by simplifying and accelerating cloud deployment.

It also wants to help achieve global cloud computing efficiency through infrastructure best practices and carbon footprint awareness. To facilitate this, ODCA provides best practices, usage models, reference designs and robust tools for planning and implementing cloud strategies.

Intel is working to address these clouds challenges itself through things like software-defined networking, innovations in storage, and advances in rack-scale architecture.

As well as being involved with the ODCA, Intel has another cross industry initiative, Cloud Builders, which provides detailed reference architectures for building private clouds. Intel’s Cloud Finder tool helps businesses to quickly and easily identify and evaluate cloud service providers so they can best augment their own cloud capabilities.

By working together to creating cloud interoperability and open standards, everybody wins.

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