To help prospective users of cloud computing objectively assess the operational, performance and other critical capabilities offered by different cloud providers, the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) has put together a Cloud Assessment Tool (CAT).
In doing so, it hopes users will be better positioned to select the right cloud solution for their given requirement. The product was the result of over 2 years of extensive and in-depth discussions within the group.
"The cloud computing parameters that determine critical operational criteria like performance and access are not obvious. We found that even when these parameters are reasonably well understood, there is no objective or standardize way of determining or measuring the criteria," said the ACCA.
This was the motivation for a framework to help avoid misinterpretation or misunderstandings between users and vendors.
The CAT enables requirements and service offers to be mapped in a standardized objective way. The framework consists of a matrix of parameters classified into different levels including: eight key operational criteria; parameters for the individual criterion; four performance levels; and eight matrices that map operational parameter values to the operational criteria.
ACCA points out the tool, which can be accessed online, is still a work in progress and the current framework should be seen as a first step. It is inviting further input and suggestions from industry stakeholders and interested parties to take it further.