OSDA is the brain child of my friend Lex Coors. It is intended to facilitate creativity and innovation in data center designs, especially when using alternative energy sources, reliable grids, and multi-site models.
When referencing established frameworks such as TIA/942, BICSI-002, or the Uptime Institute tier framework for example, innovative data center designs leveraging alternative energy sources (as opposed to diesel generators and UPSs) or networked data center topologies are difficult to properly classify. This is not because these designs cannot deliver similar or better availability, but because the established frameworks do not (yet) facilitate inclusion of these emerging practices.
As a result, data center visionary designs, using sustainable energy sources with a focus on efficiency are sometimes knowingly dismissed for more traditional designs in the interest of following “industry standards.”
The Open Standard for Datacenter Availability (OSDA) is an availability classification and rating system applicable to under-design or existing facilities. It is more inclusive of emerging design options, non-proprietary, flexible and supported by stakeholders as a means of fostering industry collaboration and innovation.
OSDA is an “Open Standard” in that it is non-proprietary and accepts ongoing contribution through The Green Grid and will serve as a voluntary guidance framework for the industry. The intended application is data centers, and it addresses availability as the metric of measurement of the resilience and fitness for the intended purpose. This first OSDA paper introduces the motivation and direction of the idea. Subsequent work will concentrate on components comprising the overall OSDA framework.
The OSDA paper published by The Green Grid is available to Green Grid members at this time. Other references to OSDA will surely appear in the media soon.