Cloud Industry Leaders Form Advisory Council

Not-for-profit group teams to build and enable the next-generation cloud architecture

Sunnyvale, Calif.—Aug. 30, 2012—The Cloud Advisory Council, an innovative not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and enabling the next-generation cloud architecture has been formed. Its aim is to provide cloud designers and IT managers with the tools needed to enable computing in the cloud, to strengthen the qualification and integration of cloud solutions and to provide best practices.

The Cloud Advisory Council is an industry collaboration of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), strategic technology suppliers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and end-users across the entire range of the cloud market segment. Founding members include: AMAX, AMD, Atlantic.Net, Check Point Software, Colfax, DDN, Eucalyptus, Mellanox Technologies, Nanjing Standard Communication, ProfitBricks, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro, and Xeround.

Through this organization, new cloud architectures will be researched, defined and specified as a basis for next-generation cloud infrastructures. The council main objectives are:

  • Definition of the next generation of cloud architecture
  • Providing open specification for cloud infrastructures
  • Publications of best practices for optimizing cloud efficiency and utilization
  • Enable ease-of-use with comprehensive cloud management and tools

“The Cloud Advisory Council has been established by industry leaders to develop a cloud specification and best practices for building the most efficient cloud infrastructures. This is critical for vendors as well as for the cloud users,” said Eli Karpilovski, chairman of the Cloud Advisory Council. “The Cloud Advisory Council will assist and provide resources for industry and community organizations to better leverage their infrastructure and improve productivity and efficiency.”

“AMAX shares the vision of the Cloud Advisory Council and is dedicated to developing the next generation of cloud architectures in an effort to strengthen the qualification and integration of cloud solutions and give cloud architects and IT managers the tools they need to enable computing in the cloud,” added Jean Shih, President of AMAX. “

The Cloud Advisory Council recognizes also the importance of establishing metrics for Cloud sustainability and performance. For this reason, the Cloud Advisory Council will propose the use of a new metrics, Cloud Center Efficiency (CCE) and Power Consumption Efficiency (PCE), to address inefficient utilizations associated with cloud centers. The impact of efficient usage is emerging as extremely important in the design, location, and operation of current and future cloud centers.

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