Building Trust in the Cloud
Last week marks the launch of our interactive tool to help address these questions. It is the first of its kind anywhere in the world – a vendor-independent framework that allows cloud consumers to compare cloud provider offerings and to measure requirements against them.
The genesis of the tool was simple. Association members recognized the need to be able to define operational performance criteria in a standard way. This is especially true for business critical services.
Last year we released a white paper that set out the framework and methodology of our benchmarking approach.
Since then we have developed the online tool, and we’re now in the process of using it to benchmark services provided by our members - includingPLDT/Smart,Verizon Terremark, Microsoft, Telenor and Equinix to mention a few. I will post in more detail on those later.
We have also shared the CAT with several CIOs - who see the tool as addressing a major gap.
The framework lays out the key decision points in a uniform way, making it much easier to understand and compare the different suppliers and how they define, for example, levels of performance, security and access.
What’s more, many CIOs say the CAT is an aid not just to their IT teams but also to help them explain the process to their colleagues across the organization.
The launch of the tool is just the beginning. As organizations start use it to help make choices about cloud services, the number of use cases will grow thereby increasingly the value of the tool.
The CAT can be accessed here. Before using it I recommend you to download and read the white paper.