Is BMW the ultimate open cloud driving machine?

Cloud computing represents an unparalleled opportunity to deliver resiliency and scale to meet our business challenges.

This is the opinion of Mario Mueller, chair of the Open Data Center Alliance and vice president of IT Infrastructure at BMW.

In the spirit of true openness, Mueller has published BMW’s strategy for cloud adoption.

“We hope to share our insights in how to integrate cloud principles into an existing enterprise IT environment leveraging our work in the Open Data Center Alliance. By sharing our path we hope to make everyone’s path to the cloud smoother,” he said.

The Open Data Center Alliance itself has this week released a white paper focused on how BMW has adopted ODCA requirements as the foundation for its cloud implementation and the release of two new usage models focused on software entitlement and data security.

The Open Data Center Alliance: Private Cloud Strategy at BMW white paper is available here.


The BMW cloud implementation is grounded in the principles of the ODCA Compute Infrastructure as a Service and Service Orchestration master usage models, which provide the company with the strategy and tactics for moving from requirements to real implementation starting this year.

The announcement of ODCA Software Entitlement Management Framework is a usage model that aims to address the requirement for shifting away from outmoded annual software licensing schema based on system or CPU core count metrics towards models that match cloud based delivery of on-demand services and dynamic scaling of resources.

Its second new model, the Data Security Framework is a usage model that builds upon the existing ODCA security assurance usage model and focuses on security of corporate data. The requirement introduces attributes for data security including mechanisms for access control, data classification, data encryption, and data masking.