Extended usage models and the ODCA

Hopefully you saw the Intel and ODCA announcements today. The formation of an end-user organization to drive requirements into the industry through usage models is a long overdue development.

Also, I hope you’ve seen the Intel Cloud Builders reference architectures that we published on Wednesday October 27. It is an impressive set of reference architectures that go well beyond the IaaS usage model and into additional usage models including trusted pools and, policy based power management.

The development of these usage models into reference architectures really highlighted both the challenges as well as the dynamic nature of this segment of the industry.

There were a ton of decisions we made in the process of designing and building these reference architectures. Everything from the form of isolation for multi-tenancy, to the type of storage architecture to us, to use of trusted pools had to be specified and understood in the context of our overall objectives. Even though we had access to experts from across the industry, the process was definitely non-trivial. The challenge for an IT team is clear: gathering and learning from this huge variety is hard enough even when explained in the context of a usage model.

It really highlighted to me the value of using usage models as the starting point for these reference architectures. In that context, the ODCA is in a unique situation to challenge the industry to address their critical IT challenges. Having a set of sophisticated IT users express their challenges is a powerful statement.

In posts over the next few weeks, I will dig deeper into the reference architectures based on the set of initial usage models and starting with trusted pools.