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Handbook Launched For External Computing IaaS Requirements

TM Forum : 28 January, 2011  (Company News)
TM Forum contributes to enterprise cloud computing security with the release of a document for specifying and implementing IaaS deployments
TM Forum has announced the release of their new “Enterprise-Grade External Computing IaaS Requirements” document. Produced by the Forum’s Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council (ECLC), this set of clearly-defined business and technical requirements for external private cloud services puts a stake in the ground for how business and technical agreements between enterprise customers and cloud service providers should be defined and managed.

TM Forum’s ECLC brings together enterprise cloud consumers to define the requirements that will drive the implementation of best practices and standards for cloud services, unlocking the potential of this rapidly expanding market. By leveraging the power of a community of experts, the ECLC is helping to accelerate success of the enterprise cloud market for the benefit of all parties.

“Enterprise Grade External Computing IaaS Requirements” expands on the need for standardization in the way cloud services are purchased and managed through their lifecycle.  The document includes:

* The business case for External Computing IaaS

* Enterprise requirements for External Computing IaaS (External Private Cloud) in Commercial, Technical and Operational categories

* Terminology:  proposed common lexicon for various forms and elements of Cloud Services to help reduce semantic arguments over meanings of words

* Sample use cases for External Computing IaaS including - development/test, load/stress test environments, grid computing, standalone production environments and full enterprise data center extension/replacement.

Compiled by TM Forum’s ECLC membership – which now covers multiple industry verticals including banking, advertising and aerospace – this new document captures collective enterprise requirements to bring clarity to enterprise customer needs, drive direction on standards and best practices for Cloud Services, and remove barriers to adoption.  Creating reusable and repeatable methodologies for purchasing, deploying and managing cloud services reduces cost, improves effectiveness and shortens time-to-market, benefiting both customers and providers of cloud services.

Sean Kelley, Deutsche Bank and Chair of TM Forum’s ECLC said, "This document is a milestone in the realization of Cloud Services. The approach that the ECLC took to write down the needs of the enterprises that can then be used as the basis for how services are defined, ordered, and monitored has the power to enhance collaboration between enterprises and suppliers of external compute IaaS. The key strength of a standardization of interfaces is a win-win-situation for all involved.”

Eric Pulier, Executive Director, ECLC and CEO of ServiceMesh continued, "Effectively deploying and managing workloads in a cloud environment requires the practical application of governance, security, and management.  When enterprise customers and cloud services providers work together using a common language and with a common set of expectations, they enhance their ability to do business faster and smarter. The ECLC requirements are a tangible step toward realizing this promise and delivering to the industry unprecedented levels of agility and efficiency."

Matthew Edwards, Director, Cloud Services Initiative, TM Forum concluded, “The ECLC is changing the way business is done for cloud services buyers and providers.  This document shows how putting together the ideas of thought leaders in to one voice can create a way forward for the industry that separates out the vital needs from the noise very rapidly.”
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