Help define a standardized Cloud Provider Profile

RatingAs discussed on this thread in one of our Linkedin groups, we are starting the process of building a directory of Cloud Providers and also facilitating competitive assessment of the services they offer.

Here’s a quick draft to get the dialogue started, that we`d like to refine with crowd inputs..

Cloud Provider Profile

Data Centres

  • Provides co-location services 
  • Owns own facilities: Locations 
  • Green Data Centre metrics 

IaaS

  • Cloud platform: Open source, proprietary 
  • Open API to spin up more servers and then scale them down and only pay for those you use, with an on-demand price. 
  • Offers discounts for upfront payment for long-term capacity. 
  • Provides billing granularity levels 

PaaS

  • PaaS catalogue

SaaS

  • Categories of software 
  • Price per user 

Technical Support Services

  • Monitoring & escalations: Http status pings and response time checks
  • DNS Management
  • Installation, patching & configuration: Databases, Load Balancers, ..

Managed services

  • Private Cloud 
  • Email and Collaboration

Any thoughts to add? If so chime in here or in the Linkedin group

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Comments

  1. In CompatibleOne, QUOTAS are there to qualify what the IaaS provider (can work also for PaaS) is able to supply, at which price etc. See CORDS Reference Manual p. 81 http://www.compatibleone.org/bin/download/Download/Software/CordsReferenceManualV2.14.pdf

  2. (Original post from LinkedIn)
    With regard to licensed SaaS the common parameter across vendors should be cost per user per month/year. Whereas some services do not discount as user numbers increase others do. This of course can make it difficult to do like-for-like comparison across vendors. I would suggest vendors are asked to price per/user against certain thresholds, for example 25 users, 100 users, 500 users, 1,000 users, 5,000 users. This will not only make it easier to do a comparison, but also provide an insight into a vendors pricing strategy (can they support small numbers of users? do they discount on volume?). There is not point evaluating vendors on the cost of 25 users, if you think you might grow to 1,000. One complexity is that some vendors also bundle smaller user licenses with restricted levels of functionality to encourage organisations to upgrade. I am not sure this is a true pay-per-use model.

    If you want to build a trap for those companies that artificially bundle user licenses you can ask them to quote for 19, 76, 521, 1017 and 4708 users. If they are not pricing on a per-user basis then they will not be as competitive as those who do!

    It should be noted, lack of a pre-defined SaaS per user pricing structure is one of the reasons that prospective buyers are finding the UK G-Cloud CloudStore difficult to use to do long and short-list comparisons.

    Regarding our license model as an example, see:

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