Microsoft has joined the Open Data Center Alliance as a contributor member, intending help the organization develop interoperable and common standards in buying data center and cloud solutions.
ODCA comprises of nearly 300 of data center and cloud services users and Microsoft is aiming to help create usage model drafts that define the standards in writing requests for proposals before publication, PCWorld reported Wednesday.
Alliance members use the Proposal Engine Assistant Tool to write RFPs for open and standards-compliant services and intend to orchestrate, secure, migrate and interoperate cloud solutions.
Colin Nurse, Microsoft chief technology officer for global accounts, told PCWorld the company is aiming to engage with Azure cloud users.
The alliance, in existence for two years, comprises mostly of banking institutions and telecommunications companies and also includes a U.S. university, a French car manufacturer and the Dutch national police department.
Capgemini, Rackspace, Savvis and Terremark have recently joined ODCA as well, according to PCWorld.