USING CLOUD IAAS PROVISIONING TIME AS A INDICATOR OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE
As someone who has tested and used multiple public cloud providers and local virtualization platforms, I can unequivocally say that the amount of time it takes to provision a server through the providers UI or scripting environment is a good indicator of the overall performance of that cloud providers infrastructure. Further, that performance level with have a direct financial impact on every role that uses that cloud service from development, infrastructure maintainers, and end users. There are many, many criteria that can affect the purchase and use of a public cloud provider, but the first thing testers must do is compare how long it takes to provision servers in a public cloud candidate. That comparison alone will be very telling and can eliminate the poor performing clouds from consideration. Poor performance is a cost pit that should be, and easily can be, avoided with some very simple and inexpensive testing.
CLOUD PERFORMANCE IS A CRITICAL ASPECT FOR CHOOSING A PUBLIC CLOUD PROVIDER
The internal performance of a public cloud provider has significant ramifications for a variety of aspects of a public cloud solution. One major consequence is the overall cost of a solution that is based on pure usage could end up being significantly higher for a poor performing cloud provider. One company that provides some pretty solid evidence around Public Cloud Provider Performance is Cloud Spectator. There main focus is IaaS, but the results are relevant to others aspects as well. For example, if a vendor builds a SaaS solution on a poorly performant public cloud, they would be paying more for each client than a highly performant cloud that has the same cost and billing structure.
Check em out – http://www.cloudspectator.com/
THE RECENT CELEBRITY HACKS ARE CREATING ISSUES FOR CLOUD PROVIDERS
All hacks that allow for the exposure of confidential data are of concern, but the entire scenario needs to be examined to determine where the fault really lies here. Some links to various perspectives below.