Open Data Center Alliance and Green Grid Target Cloud Resource Standards

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a cloud requirements consortium, and The Green Grid (TGG), which promotes resource efficiency in data centers, announced a strategic collaboration in which the two organizations will utilize TGG’s IT efficiency metrics, including Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), to align with ODCA’s cloud usage model requirements to deliver resource efficient computing for industry solutions. Initial delivery of collaboration work is expected in the first half of 2012.

"The Green Grid's mission is to improve resource efficiency in business computing, which includes the impact of carbon usage as a result of cloud computing," says Tim Mohin, AMD representative and Board member of The Green Grid. "The Green Grid's efforts with the ODCA will bring much-needed efficiency metrics and resources to businesses that leverage the cloud. We're excited to see the results of this collaboration put into action and the energy savings they will generate."

The initial focus of the collaboration will be to define a standard unit for measuring carbon footprint for both existing and new ODCA usage models and TGG metrics. Through the collaboration, TGG and the ODCA aim to accelerate the development of standards related to energy efficiency in the data center.

OCDA recently published the first customer-driven requirements for the cloud with release of its initial usage models. The two organizations expect the collaboration will yield new content and resources from each organization as well as the enhancement of existing content. To learn more about the collaboration and the organizations visit or