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TM Forum delivers industry’s first set of Enterprise-Grade External Compute Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Requirements

Ground-breaking work by TM Forum’s Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council delivers first-ever handbook for defining and managing external compute IaaS deployments

MORRISTOWN, NJ – January 26, 2011 – TM Forum today announced the release of their 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 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 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.

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.