The "Open Data Center Alliance: Private Cloud Strategy at BMW" white paper details BMW's multiple phases of Cloud implementation from internal Cloud delivery to full integration of public Cloud services using ODCA requirements as core foundations for implementation plans. The paper is expected to serve as a model for helping other enterprise IT managers in their own path to the Cloud and help providers identify requirements for enterprise ready Cloud service delivery. A video featuring highlights of the BMW Cloud implementation was also released and is available on the ODCA website.
"Cloud computing represents an unparalleled opportunity to deliver resiliency and scale to meet our business challenges", stated Mario Mueller, chair of the Open Data Center Alliance and Vice President of IT Infrastructure at BMW. "By publishing BMW's strategy for Cloud adoption, we hope to share our insights in how to integrate Cloud principles into an existing enterprise IT environment leveraging our work in the Open Data Center Alliance. By sharing our path we hope to make everyone's path to the Cloud smoother."
The BMW Cloud implementation is grounded in the principles of the ODCA Compute Infrastructure as a Service and Service Orchestration master usage models, which provide the company with the strategy and tactics for moving from requirements to real implementation starting this year. Additional requirements integrated into BMW's plans include the ODCA Service Catalogue to measure what services are being delivered and what attributes exist for each service; the VM Interoperability usage model, providing a single view of all corporate VMs regardless of physical location, and the Long-Distance Workload Migration usage model aimed to eliminate downtime and disruption from migration activities. The company's approach to security and identity management is based on strategies and details described in the ODCA Identity Management Interoperability Guide .
The announcement of BMW's ODCA implementation plans come as the Alliance delivers a major advancement in Cloud requirements with the release of two new usage models: