Banks take leading role in new cloud alliance

Banks take leading role in new cloud alliance

Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, NAB and UBS have joined the steering committee at the Open Data Center Alliance, a new IT consortium bidding to create open, interoperable data centre and cloud computing standards.

The alliance comprises of more than 70 firms with over $50 billion in collective IT spending that have committed to a vendor-agnostic roadmap for buying decisions and data centre planning. Intel is acting as technical advisor.

The roadmap comprises 19 prioritised usage models designed to address emerging technical requirements for data centre and cloud infrastructure and based on open, interoperable systems that can be sourced from multiple vendors.

The group has set up five technical work groups focused on infrastructure, management, security, services, and government and ecosystem. Each group will define the requirements of prioritised usage model toward the delivery of a detailed technical documentation suite to be utilized by vendors and members as guidance for deployments.

Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, NAB and UBS are on the alliance steering committee, while Banco Azteca, Bank Leumi, BBVA, the Bombay Stock Exchange, China CITIC Bank and ING are all members.

Matt Eastwood, group VP, enterprise platform research, IDC, says: "The Open Data Center Alliance represents the first time such a significant number of end users are committing to an industry organization with the specific goal of defining data center and cloud usage models in an open, industry-standard and multi-vendor fashion."

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