IT software and services firm Compuware has launched a new web site designed to provide end users, developers and cloud service providers with greater insight into the performance and availability issues key to managing applications in the cloud.
CloudSleuth has been built to allow all parties to collaborate and contribute on best practice for the performance management of what Compuware calls "borderless applications".
"These applications reside inside the enterprise but are leveraging software and services from all kinds of third parties across geographical boundaries," said Compuware cloud computing solutions manager Richard Stone.
"This is a true community issue. We want to provide a community-generated collective intelligence so that everyone can contribute to best practice."
The site currently features near real-time performance benchmarks for the top cloud providers, enabled via Compuware's Gomez technology. Users can also register and request statistics on their own local hosting providers free of charge, Stone explained.
Compuware is keen to encourage white papers, blog posts and other resources from the community, and hopes to include scalability benchmarks on service providers in the future.
"The number-one cloud concern for everybody is security, but this problem will get sorted out," he said.
"We are saying that performance and availability is the big issue, and we are looking at ways to bring it to people's attention."
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