A group of suppliers and end users have come together to form the Cloud Advisory Council as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and enabling the next-generation cloud architecture.
In a press statement, the group said its directive 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.
Founding members include AMAX, AMD, Atlantic.Net, Check Point Software, Colfax, DDN, Eucalyptus, Mellanox Technologies, Nanjing Standard Communication, ProfitBricks, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro and Xeround.
Eli Karpilovski, manager of cloud market development at Mellanox Technologies, is serving as chairman.
The Cloud Advisory Council's objectives include:
- Defining the next generation of cloud architecture
- Providing open specification for cloud infrastructures
- Publishing best practices for optimizing cloud efficiency and utilization
- Enabling ease-of-use with comprehensive cloud management and tools
The Cloud Advisory Council also 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.
The council is seeking members. Membership to the Council is free. Interested parties should visit the group's website at www.cloudadvisorycouncil.com.