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TM Forum has announced the release of its new ‘Enterprise-Grade External Compute 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 attempts to clarify how business and technical agreements between enterprise customers and cloud service providers should be defined and managed.

‘Enterprise Grade External Compute 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 Compute IaaS
* Enterprise requirements for External Compute 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 Compute IaaS including - development/test, load/stress test environments, grid computing, standalone production environments and full enterprise data center extension/replacement.

The document is available to TM Forum members: see http://www.tmforum.org/

•Date: 28th Jan 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

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