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Cloud Computing is a holistic ecosystem of components, not a point product or single vendor solution.

It does have specific requirements to meet the needs of enterprise organizations. These requirements include scalability, adaptability, extensibility, and manageability. In addition, the cloud must exhibit additional capabilities that address the best-in-class requirements of the enterprise – such as providing for security, real-time availability, and performance.

On September 21, 2010, Acolyst conducted a webinar, hosted by CA Technologies, on roadmap and methodology for helping organizations ‘Deciding to Go Cloud’.  A replay of the Roadmap Discussion to Cloud Computing webcast can be found under the “Events” tab.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set standard terms for the different types of Cloud Service and Deployment Models.

The service models are as follows:

  1. Software as a Service (SaaS) – example: Hotmail or Gmail
  2. Platform as a Service (PaaS) – example: Microsoft’s Azure or GoogleApps
  3. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – example: Amazon EC2
  4. Data as a Service (DaaS) – example: Dunn & Bradstreet

The 4 different types of deployment models would be:

  1. Private Cloud – example: Internal Company Portals
  2. Community Cloud – example: Facebook, University of Phoenix
  3. Public Cloud – example: Wikipedia
  4. Hybrid Cloud – combination of private and public cloud

Cloud Computing offers many benefits to the market:

  • Scalability
  • Ease of Management
  • Independence to Device and Location
  • Rapid Innovation
  • Dramatic Reductions in Operational Costs
  • Increased Storage
  • Highly Automated
  • Flexibility
  • More Mobility

May 2010 CA Technologies announced at CA World 2010 an initiative that was launched in designing the Service Measurement Index (SMI) framework that is now being driven by Carnegie Mellon University to help develop industry standards in evaluating both internal and external cloud services based on six set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); quality, agility, risk, cost, capability, and security.  These KPIs can provide detailed information about a service’s technical and functional attributes; for example, how well does it protect the privacy of data and what types of service levels does it offer? Does the service have built-in resilience and fault tolerance? How does it measure up amongst the quality characteristics? Is it scalable?

The industry standard SMI framework set of metrics would be made readily available to members of Cloud Commons for which Acolyst is part of.  Cloud Commons is a website sponsored by CA Technologies bringing together discussions, topics, industry experts to participate in Cloud related events.  Acolyst is excited to be part of this initiative and involved with the evolution of cloud computing.

Acolyst has put together an initial set of assessment packet as part of our services offering.  Our analysts arrive with templates, checklists, survey questions, and tools hitting the ground helping organizations with a roadmap to Cloud Computing.  Whether that is moving parts of their infrastructure or making sure there is data governance structure in place we make sure to document our findings and recommendation so our clients can make better informed decisions moving forward.

Acolyst does utilize partner CA Technologies’ Cloud-Connected Management Suite in achieving goals to support our customers.  More information about the Cloud-Connected Management Suite can be found by clicking here.

For more information or questions about Cloud Computing contact Acolyst’s Vice President, Valeh Nazemoff at valeh@acolyst.com