The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) has published 2.0 version of its cloud deployment usage models regarding service orchestration and compute infrastructure as a service (CIaaS). The documents are meant to further the ODCA's vision of a simpler, more secure and more efficient path to the cloud.

The three updated documents include:

  • ODCA Master Usage Model: Service Orchestration Rev. 2.0, which describes the processes, interfaces and aspects that should be considered when deploying services on cloud platforms. Included in the document are 19 usage scenarios of a cloud service engagement, as well as what the ODCA calls "the next phase of usage development," which includes bursting between clouds.
  • ODCA Master Usage Model: Compute Infrastructure as a Service (CIaaS) Rev 2.0, which defines the key elements the organization associates with CIaaS, as well as how to use the service model and what needs to be considered in adopting it. The ODCA has integrated "critical security requirements" into the latest version of the document with the idea of increasing the master usage model.
  • ODCA: Conceptual Model of Usage Models and Documents Map Rev. 2.0, which provides readers with a high-level overview of the alliance's cloud deployment strategy and includes information on how each usage model fits into a larger framework. This marks an update to the ODCA's conceptual model document map.

The ODCA began publishing the deployment usage models in 2011 and has so far released 27 usage models that span eight categories, including infrastructure, security, commercial, carbon, compliance, management and services, data and portability. The documents are aimed at providing information on specific technology and service requirements to business leaders, IT administrators, cloud services providers and standards organizations.