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Cloud Group Tackles Information-as-a-Service

By Doug Barney

This week, the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a group of vendors and users helping build open, integrated, enterprise-ready cloud services, tackled the whole notion of Information-as-a-Service (not to be confused with Infrastructure-as-a-Service).

Information-as-a-Service goes by the complex and not altogether becoming acronym Info-aaS. The new framework is the Data Management for Information as a Service Usage Model.

UBS is an ODCA member and contributor, and explains the concept. “The Data Management for Information as a Service Usage Model has been developed based on the deep industry experience ODCA members have in managing data across the extended enterprise,” said Correy Voo, CTO at UBS and president of the ODCA Board of Directors. “The usage model outlines how Information as-a-Service helps organizations unlock the real world business opportunities associated with big data and data analytics and illustrates how enterprises can establish a foundation for building a secure and privacy-respecting Information as a Service ecosystem for managing data across networks, applications, devices and locations.”


In particular, this model sets out what tasks are required for managing data in an Info-aaS setting.

For those new to the concept, the framework starts with a definition, then talks about the four stages of data management. The stages are “data sourcing and collection, data standardization, data lifecycle management, and data information and insight”.

ODCA Tackles Maturity

Recently ODCA revamped of its Cloud Maturity Model (CMM), which encompasses Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and Information as a Service (Info-aaS).

As part of the maturity model, ODCA released a paper walking through key issues, and serving as a bit of roadmap for enterprises moving towards the cloud.

“The ODCA CMM provides an end-to-end visualization of how the enterprise cloud develops over time, starting with no cloud adoption and progressing through five maturity levels that eventually lead to defining an enterprise's capabilities and requirements for deploying full-scale federated cloud services that are open, secure and interoperable,” the organization said. “The CMM represents the enterprise's ability to sustainably adopt cloud services within defined governance and control parameters and includes assessment of cloud architecture, infrastructure, information and management. Organizations can use the CMM to identify where they currently are on the cloud maturity model and to determine where they want to be in the future based on the enterprise's unique business goals and criteria outlined in the CMM.”

ODCA has some 25 different usage models, including the new Info-aaS model, which are of help in the building of new cloud services. 




Edited by Cassandra Tucker

MSPToday Editor at Large

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