Open Data Center Alliance Identifies Priorities for Driving VM Interoperability in the Enterprise Cloud

        Open Data Center Alliance Identifies Priorities for Driving VM
                   Interoperability in the Enterprise Cloud

Organization releases new POC paper detailing results from recent VM
interoperability testing, Announces June 17 VM interoperability panel at
Forecast 2013

PR Newswire

PORTLAND, Ore., April 25, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Open Data Center Alliance
(ODCA), a global member-led organization where hundreds of enterprise IT
organizations are working together to drive broad scale requirements for the
enterprise ready cloud, today announced the release of a new POC
(proof-of-concept) paper developed to determine where the virtual machine (VM)
industry currently is in meeting interoperability requirements outlined in the
ODCA VM interoperability usage model. The paper overviews procedures and
results from recent ODCA VM interoperability testing and identifies priorities
and gaps that hypervisor and VM solution providers need to address in order to
move VM interoperability between public and private enterprise clouds
forward. ODCA will hold a June 17 panel at Forecast 2013 where testing
results outlined in the POC will be discussed and steps for addressing the
current gaps in VM interoperability will be developed. All Forecast 2013
attendees are invited to attend this panel event.

"The ODCA VM interoperability usage model has been adopted by many of our
member companies as a core foundation for implementing their enterprise ready
clouds and has been extremely instrumental in shaping new solutions from VM
vendors," said Ryan Skipp, Portfolio and Solution Development at
DTAG/T-Systems and Chair of the ODCA Manageability and Services Workgroup.
"The POC paper released today is important because it clearly illustrates what
industry needs to do next to advance interoperability based on ODCA VM
interoperability requirements. Forecast 2013 is the perfect venue to bring
hypervisor and VM solution providers together with industry to collaboratively
address these pressing issues."

The Implementing the Open Data Center Alliance Virtual Machine
Interoperability Usage Model

POC released today was developed within the ODCA Manageability and Services
Workgroup and includes specifications for interoperability developed by DMTF,
an ODCA partner organization. The POC outlines testing criteria and procedures
for documenting how hypervisor and VM solutions from both ODCA members and
non-members interoperated in real-world enterprise cloud scenarios. The paper
proves that interoperability based on ODCA VM interoperability usage model
requirements is possible and includes guidance on steps that need to be taken
by hypervisor platform and VM providers to help ensure interoperability in the
enterprise ready cloud is achieved. ODCA will update testing procedures and
announce future testing results on a regular basis. The paper is available for
download on the ODCA website.

Virtual Machine Interoperability Panel Announced at Forecast 2013
The ODCA VM interoperability panel will take place on June 17, the first day
of the two-day Forecast 2013 conference. The panel will be moderated by
industry analyst Paul Miller, and will include participants from ODCA
membership and the hypervisor and VM communities. The complete Forecast 2013
agenda is available on the Forecast 2013 website.

"True interoperability of hypervisor and virtual machine solutions between
clouds is critical to advancing enterprise ready cloud implementations," said
Martin Wheeler, executive director, Open Data Center Alliance. "We encourage
global IT managers and cloud solution and service providers to join us at the
Forecast 2013 VM interoperability panel on June 17 to take part in the
collaborative discussions that will help drive the next phase of VM
interoperability in the enterprise cloud."

Forecast 2013: Delivering the enterprise ready cloud
Forecast 2013 is ODCA's premier cloud and big data event taking place in San
Francisco on June 17 and 18 in conjunction with GigaOM Structure. Forecast
features sessions and panels focused on top of mind issues associated with
cloud deployment, including compute infrastructure as a service (CIaaS),
infrastructure as a service (Iaas), software defined networks (SDN), cloud
interoperability and cloud security. The event provides a unique opportunity
for participants to engage with their peers on best practices for adoption of
enterprise ready cloud implementations and to learn about the latest ODCA
usage models from ODCA leadership.

Harper Reed, Obama Campaign CTO, is the Forecast 2013 luminary speaker who is
expected to discuss his extensive experience in developing and managing
successful cloud and big data implementations, his views on the current state
of the cloud and data management, and his passion for building
paradigm-shifting technologies. Reed joins Mario Mueller, BMW's Vice President
of IT Infrastructure and Chair of the Open Data Center Alliance, and the
Forecast 2013 keynote speaker. Mueller will discuss how BMW has adopted ODCA
requirements to implement its cloud strategy. More information about speakers,
sponsors and registration is available on the Forecast 2013 website.
Early-bird registration ends on April 30.

About The Open Data Center Alliance
The Open Data Center Alliance^SM 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 Unicom,
Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc.,
National Australia Bank, NTT Data, T-Systems, Terremark, Disney Technology
Solutions and Services, and UBS. Intel serves as technical advisor to the
Alliance.More information about Alliance publications and membership can be
found at the organization's website:, and on
Facebook, LinkedIn, Slideshare, Twitter, and YouTube.

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

Russ DeVeau
Open Data Center Alliance
Mobile/Text: 908-251-1549

SOURCE Open Data Center Alliance

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