ODCA looks to promote protection in the age of analytics

Big data is becoming a huge issue in modern technology, as more companies are now aware of some of the commercial advantages which may lie in formerly untapped information archives. However, there are still many who don't considered the data center security implications of their analytics initiatives. IDG News Service reported that The Open Data Center Alliance, a group that shares tips about cloud computing deployments, is looking to add big data to the list of IT topics it covers.

There are some big names on the ODCA​ membership roster, including BMW, JP Morgan Chase and Lockheed Martin, so it is a big deal that at the Alliance's Forecast event in San Francisco, officials announced new usage models for software defined networking, scale-out storage and information-as-a-service. The latter is essentially big data analytics, according to IDG, and each model lays out the group's technology requirements for the area.

"We need standards-based cloud solutions that are designed from the ground up to meet the requirements of enterprise IT organizations, and this is where the ODCA comes into play," said Mario Mueller, vice president of IT infrastructure at BMW and chair of the ODCA, according to the news source.

Mueller added that one of the goals of the ODCA is to educate vendors about what features their customers will soon demand. He believes that if enough members come together to tell these vendors they will listen. IDG said the cloud offerings in areas such as compliance and security are lacking, as they are often not as interoperable as vendors claim, so having the ODCA there to share how different vendors operate can be a boon for a business looking into the best possible solution. Over time, Mueller said he is completely confident that the industry will start changing by what the members of the ODCA wants due the amount of power its members have.

Expectations from Gartner are that the big data market will grow even further in 2013, making increased knowledge and cyber security important for organizations looking to invest in this technology. A survey by the organization of IT leaders across the world shows that 42 percent have invested in big data or are planning to do so within the year. Doug Laney, research vice president at Gartner, said organizations now have a better understanding of the technology but still need to know more.

"Most organizations are still in the early stages, and few have thought through an enterprise approach or realized the profound impact that big data will have on their infrastructure, organizations and industries," Laney wrote.

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