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Welcome to the Open Computing Alliance

The Open Computing Alliance seeks to foster openness in the information, communications and technology (ICT) sector by promoting:

  • the freedom of critical corporate and government data and networks from dependence on any particular technology platform,

  • the accessibility in all circumstances of such data by means of recognised common standards,

  • the security and protection of such data from all threats, while respecting the rule of law and relevant intellectual property rights.

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Latest OCA Articles


Draft Motion for a Resolution on Supporting Consumer Rights in the Digital Single Market 

OCA supports several key points in the draft Motion for a Resolution before the European Parliament, including the fact that the Resolution targets the need to address dominant search engines and that the Commission should consider unbundling of such dominant search engines from commercial products...

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Cloudwatt deploys open source SDN controller

French cloud service provider Cloudwatt announced that it has deployed open source SDN controller OpenContrail in its OpenStack-based datacentre in a bid to improve network operations and deployment speeds.

OpenContrail, an Apache 2.0-licensed project started by Juniper Networks last year includes work on all of the necessary components for network virtualisation: an SDN controller, virtual router, analytics engine, and northbound APIs.

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The Hardware Facebook Invented Is Radically Changing The $150 Billion Enterprise Market

A recent report refers to the fact that Facebook is planning to introduce a product called Wedge, which has been developed through the Open Compute Project (OCP) to enter the $23 billion Ethernet switch market.

OCP began in 2012 as a radically new way to build and buy computer hardware. It creates free and "open source" designs where anyone can contribute to the designs and use them for free, ordering them from a contract manufacturer.

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OFT launches market study into the supply of public sector ICT services

Following the OFT call for information (CFI) during August 2013, The OFT has launched a 'Market Study' to further investigate the market. The OFT considers that a number of issues were raised from that CFI that the OFT believes deserve further analysis. Most notably, the OFT has said that it is sensitive to concerns being raised that certain businesses appear to have a large share of contracts in some areas of the sector, that there are high barriers to entry and expansion (especially for smaller scale ICT businesses) and that public sector organisations face difficulties and high costs in switching suppliers.

During the CFI, issues were also raised regarding public sector procurement practices. The market study will examine the extent to which these practices interact with the market structure and suppliers' behaviour.  Existing reports and ongoing initiatives to improve public sector procurement will inform the study. The OFT aims to avoid duplicating other recent or ongoing work concerning public sector procurement.

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Europe can help the Internet economy by making it more open

In a recent speech, European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes put the emphasis on the need to encourage innovation here in Europe. The Digital Agenda drew attention to the fact that much of this innovation in Europe will in turn be driven by small and medium sized services companies.  Innovation is now occurring in the deployment of technology and the ways that systems are used by sophisticated customers. Cloud computing in particular has shown itself to be a key growth driver.

But progress on this front will require more than the major suppliers improving their ability to adapt new technology to customers’ needs. It will require more than helping European entrepreneurs find capital and support. It will also mean clearing away accumulated barriers to competition that all too often prevent entrepreneurs and small businesses from bringing new products, new services and new ideas to market. A recently filed complaint by a small European provider of cloud-based network maintenance services named Multiven brings these two issues into sharp focus.

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