LOS ANGELES -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is creating an alliance program for independent hardware and software vendors to support industry standards for new enterprise data centers, which are dramatically more energy efficient, virtualized, and resilient.
The new alliance with top IT companies around the world will enable clients to evolve to new enterprise data centers while offering the widest possible choice of open technologies.
The importance of interoperability and open standards for new enterprise data centers -- including those for energy management, virtualization, networking, security, and service management, among others -- is a focal point of this program.
For example, vendors that support energy efficiency standards can enable end-to-end management and monitoring of power and cooling of hardware in the data center. Such standards pave the way to product interoperability for greater data center efficiency by setting caps on energy use, shifting resources to meet business requirements, or adjusting workloads to avoid higher billing rates.
The alliance is targeted at independent hardware and software vendors that specialize in elements crucial to data centers, including networking, virtualization, facilities management, platforms, operating systems, storage, and systems management.