You may recall the launch of The Open Data Centre Alliance, which I reported on back in October. It was set up to define models that will help IT users choose open, interoperable, industry-standard solutions in their data centres. There are now over 100 members and the organisation will be introducing membership dues this year which “allows us to ensure that we can offer our membership the collaboration and communication opportunities that they are seeking through their membership in the organisation”.
Steering Committee members chart the course of the Alliance. The two new members join BMW, China Life, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, National Australia Bank, Shell Global Solutions, Terremark and UBS. The committee has a collective two-year commitment including active participation in the Alliance Technical Workgroups and providing financial support.
The Alliance also announced that the Steering Committee has selected 32 global companies as Contributor Members. These companies will join Technical Workgroups, covering infrastructure, management, regulation & ecosystem, security, and services, to help develop the Usage Model Roadmap. The vendor-agnostic Roadmap will set out what’s needed to resolve the key IT challenges in the future, particularly around cloud infrastructure. A list of the companies selected is on the web site.
It seems that the Open Data Centre Alliance is achieving some momentum. It will need to if it’s going to succeed. There are a lot of vendors and solutions out there, so the Alliance will need to keep up if it is going to have any impact.
From the green IT perspective the greatest contribution the organisation could make would be to develop open standards for measuring power use in the equipment and facilities of data centres. There are a number of incompatible and proprietary approaches and it needs some integration and co-ordination to be effective. It’s an area the Alliance will be looking at. The more that open standards are in place the cheaper and easier it will be to monitor, manage and reduce data centre power use. The cheaper and easier it is the more data centre managers will do it.