The Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) announced on Wednesday (February 27, 2013) the launch of its Cloud Assessment Tool (CAT), put together "to help businesses choose the most suitable cloud provider."
ACCA representatives said that the CAT offers IT users a framework with which they can "measure their requirements against vendor offerings." And by virtue of it being vendor-neutral-"the first of its kind," they declared-the CAT enables "enterprises [to] make informed decisions as they consider migrating their data and applications to the cloud."
"The CAT framework," they said, "is organised into eight performance categories spread over four service tiers, mapping operational parameter values against key criteria." The ACCA's CEO Per Dahlberg explained that this was meant to help "end-users to define and prioritise their own requirements and assess service providers' offers quickly and objectively." He added that "it would also eliminate subjectivity and interpretation from the evaluation process for both service providers and application developers."
The ACCA has said that it "is currently benchmarking services and platforms provided by its members, including senior executives from PLDT/Smart, Microsoft, Verizon Terremark, Telenor, Equinix and Hiring Solutions, some of whom have already said it was a highly effective measurement tool."
"We find it very useful in conversations with potential cloud customers. It clarifies our capabilities in an objective way and helps customers understand what to consider when migrating to the cloud," said Martin Backstrom, Chief Technology Advisor, PLDT Group. "It creates a trustmark for cloud computing services."
ACCA representatives have also said that they are "working with partners in the financial services and insurance industries.
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