Open Data Center Alliance™ Unveils Six Proof-of-Concept Solutions That Address Industry Wide Usage Model Requirements

News Highlights

  • Open Data Center Alliance™ (ODCA or Alliance) solutions provider members have responded to the group’s initial usage models with the first proof-of-concept solutions at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF).
  • Momentum for the organization continues, with membership totaling over 300 members, including seven new solution providers.
  • ODCA Board of Director’s Chairman, Marvin Wheeler, will participate in a panel on Wednesday, September 14 from 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The ODCA will also lead a technical training session on usage models Wednesday at 10:00a.m PDT. Both sessions are in room 2002.
IDF 2011 San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Today at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), the Open Data Center Alliance debuted six proof-of-concept solutions in collaboration with solution provider members Citrix Systems, Dell, EMC, JouleX, Parallels, Red Hat and VMware. The solution demonstrations align with data center industry needs, documented by the Alliance in June 2011 as the organization’s first usage models for the data center and signal the first industry response to the Alliance’s requirements. Delivery of solutions based on Alliance usage models is expected to accelerate over $25 billion of cloud computing investment.

The demonstrations feature responses to the Carbon Footprint, I/O Control, Security Compliance, Service Catalog, and VM Interoperability usage models and are on display in the Data Center Zone of the IDF showcase.

Cloud Interoperability: Cloud On-Boarding
Created in collaboration with Citrix
Addressing a use case of the VM interoperability specified by the Alliance, this demonstration showcases deployment or migration of entire applications, or parts of applications (typically packaged as virtual machines), securely across private and public clouds utilizing Citrix NetScaler® Cloud Bridge technology.

Carbon Footprint
Created in collaboration with Dell and JouleX
Addressing the Carbon Footprint usage model specified by the Alliance, this demonstration showcases the ability to monitor platform node power utilization and reporting of carbon foot print data based on the platform’s power consumption utilizing Dell PowerEdge® C-Series Servers with Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager (Intel® Node Manager) and JouleX Energy Management Software.

Secure On-boarding with EMC® VPLEX® Metro™ and Intel TXT
Created in collaboration with EMC Corporation
Showcasing a proof of concept that is designed to provide a framework for Secure Federation, this demonstration highlights cloud on-boarding and data availability. The solution components feature EMC VPLEX Metro which is capable of spanning metro distances, and Intel® Trusted Execution Technology. As customers on-board applications between cloud environments, they must ensure that the hosts they are migrating virtual machines to are secure. Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) allows customers to validate the launch status of the host, thereby enabling the on-boarding of virtual machines onto trusted hosts, while preventing virtual machines from being migrated to un-trusted hosts

I/O Control (Network, FCoE)
Created in collaboration with Intel and VMware
Addressing the I/O control usage model specified by the Alliance, this demonstration utilizes VMware vSphere® 5™, the industry-leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure platform, to showcase quality of service on Intel 10GbE networking and storage on a 10GbE Unified Network.

Security Monitoring and Service Catalog
Created in collaboration with Parallels
As a building block to the Security Monitoring and Service Catalog usage models of the Alliance, this proof-of-concept highlights a public cloud automation solution to deploy trusted virtual machines through the use of a cloud service catalog delivered by Parallels Automation, VMware ESXi 4.1 trusted hypervisor technology, and the HyTrust Appliance for monitoring and reporting security compliance of the trusted environment.

Cloud Interoperability
Created in collaboration with Red Hat
Enabling business agility, this proof of concept addresses all three use-case requirements for VM Interoperability as identified by the Alliance. This demonstration utilizes Red Hat CloudForms™ to check interoperability and to deploy and manage workloads in a consistent manner regardless of which hypervisor is used or where the hypervisor is running.

The Alliance is also announcing that seven new solution providers have joined the organization, raising the total membership to more than 300. New solutions providers include Citrix, Cisco, Fujitsu, Huawei, JouleX, Philips Technology Services and VMware. “We’re thrilled that several leading technology providers have joined the ODCA and we look forward to collaborating with them to develop innovative guidelines for security, automation, common management and transparency which will ease the adoption of cloud computing,” said ODCA Board of Director’s Chairman, Marvin Wheeler. “These new members, along with the proof-of-concepts showcased at IDF, will enable the Alliance to fulfill its mission to utilize customer requirements definition to accelerate the right foundation of the future data center.” Details on membership opportunities are available at the Alliance website.

About The Open Data Center Alliance

The Open Data Center Alliance is an independent IT consortium comprised of global IT leaders who have come together to provide a unified customer vision for long-term data center requirements. The Alliance is led by a twelve member steering committee which includes IT leaders BMW, Capgemini, China Life, China Unicom, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank, Terremark, Disney Technology Solutions and Services and UBS. Intel serves as technical advisor to the Alliance.

In support of its mission, the Alliance has delivered the first customer requirements for cloud computing documented in eight Open Data Center Usage Models which identify member prioritized requirements to resolve the most pressing challenges facing cloud adoption. Find out more at


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Release Summary

Open Data Center Alliance™ (ODCA or Alliance) solutions provider members have responded to the group’s initial usage models with the first proof-of-concept solutions at the Intel Developer Forum


for Open Data Center Alliance
Suzanne Block, 415-591-4035