The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) has confirmed that Microsoft has joined the organisation as a contributor member.
Redmond's open source protagonists have been apparently recognised on the basis of being able to bring (and we quote) a "... valuable perspective to the organisation" as it helps contribute immediately to the alliance's mission.
NOTE: So just to confirm this mission... the Open Data Center Alliance is an independent IT consortium comprised of global IT leaders who have come together to provide a unified customer vision for long-term datacenter requirements. The ODCA's current membership is comprised of hundreds of corporations spanning the globe working collaboratively towards shaping the future of the enterprise ready cloud based on industry standard solutions.
As a note of more whimsy - now that the term "datacentre" (or indeed "datacenter") is being widely and commonly classified as a single word, it seems unlikely that the ODCA will consider shortening its name.
The organisation says it aims to be a voice for enterprise IT in articulating the requirements for the transforming enterprise IT landscape with focus on topics including open, interoperable delivery of compute infrastructure as a service, cloud security, and best practices for adoption of big data analytics.
"The ODCA brings together leaders from across industries to work together towards a vision of open, industry standard cloud solution delivery," said Mario Mueller, BMW's vice president of IT Infrastructure and chair of the Alliance.
"In order to truly accelerate availability of cloud services, enterprise IT needs to work closely with cloud service and solution providers. Microsoft's participation is a valuable addition to the organisation's mission, and we heartily welcome their membership."
"In line with Windows Azure's commitment to openness and interoperability, we are pleased to join ODCA and work with industry leadership on standards for the cloud," said Bill Hilf, general manager, Windows Azure. "We are dedicated to serving the industry and customers by providing an open, reliable and global approach to the cloud, and we look forward to contributing to the ODCA's mission."