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The ODCA and open cloud

Arif Mohamed | Computerworld UK | 10th July 2014

Businesses rely on cloud ecosystem partners to work together in order to implement effective private and hybrid cloud environments. Collaboration across the industry means everyone is working together to drive innovation, create interoperability and address future technology challenges.

This is why Intel works closely with industry groups such as the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA). The ODCA accelerates the development of widely-adopted standards that promote a broad range of interoperable, multivendor cloud solutions.

It also provides best practices, usage models, reference designs, and robust tools for planning and implementing cloud strategies.

The organisation has over 300 members who actively work to shape the future of cloud computing. The work focuses particularly on open, interoperable solutions for secure cloud federation, automation of cloud infrastructure, common management, and transparency of cloud service delivery.

“The Alliance is playing a critical role in making cloud computing a viable reality for enterprise,” says Shannon Poulin, Vice President, Data Center Group at Intel. “As Advisor, we facilitate connections and collaboration among leading industry players – cloud customers, providers, and standards bodies – and contribute technical resources to support ODCA’s mission,” he adds.

OpenStack
The OpenStack reference architecture was developed through the kind of cross-industry collaboration demonstrated by the ODCA. Founded by Rackspace and NASA, OpenStack has grown to be a global software community of developers collaborating on a standard and massively-scalable open source cloud operating system.

OpenStack enables organisations to build a secure, energy efficient cloud computing infrastructure. The concept aligns closely with security and carbon footprint usage models from the ODCA.

The reference architecture gives details on managing power consumption using Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager and describes the concept of a trusted compute pool, which is a collection of physical platforms known to be trustworthy, using Intel Trusted Execution Technology with Intel® Xeon® processors.

OpenStack remains a powerful example of what can be created when industry partners pull together.

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