Open Data Center Alliance Seeks Standards for Large Enterprise IT Shops

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The Open Data Center Alliance, whose 300 members spend more than $100 billion annually on IT services, software and hardware, has created a workgroup to establish what large enterprises will need from the big data industry.

The alliance’s Data Services Workgroup features 12 companies like BMW, Capgemini, Marriott and Deutsche Bank and will create usage models over the next six months to give to vendors an idea what these major IT shops want in terms of security, manageability, and interoperability.

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Das Kamhout, the group’s technical advisor and the principal IT engineer at Intel, said the large enterprises are trying to define what it will take for them to quickly and efficiently implement big data analytics.

“What the Data Services Workgroup wants to do is give some clarity to the problem,” Kamhout said. “Enterprise IT shops can’t just switch over and operate like Google at a massive scale. We want take it out of the hype and make it real. It’s what we want to see happen in the industry, and where we want to go.”

Das said the work group’s three main goals are to create standards so large companies can use big data securely, manage it efficiently and to make these systems “interoperable with existing solutions.” He added: “Nobody is going to throw out what they have today. What they want to do is make it interoperable.”

The vendors that have signed onto the group, like Teradata, SAS, Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR Technlogies, will provide feedback to the work towards the end of the process, he said. Kamhout said the alliance is not like standards bodies in which technology vendors dominate. The end-users are coming up with the requirements, not vendors.

“It’s actually safer than what you see in a lot of standards bodies, which is vendors arguing for a lot of time to create standards,” Kamhout said. “Vendors can give input at very specific points of time as the work product is in executive summary, or when it’s close to finished. They give feedback, and they say, ‘did you think of this?’ or ‘hey, that’s impossible.’”

Kamhout said Data Services workgroup will be similar to the alliance’s recent work on cloud computing, where five workgroups recently tackled infrastructure, management, regulation and ecosystem, security and services.

The results were 13 usage models for cloud computing for big enterprise IT environments, on topics like security provider assurance, security monitoring, and identity management interoperability.

“Like the cloud two years ago, there was a lot of hype and a lot of talk about it, but then it became real,” he said.

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