This is a complex decision faced by many businesses these days. It has also been the focus of researchers at the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Swinburne University who have collaborated with AARNet to develop the cloud broker platform called Smart CloudBench
Smart CloudBench is a set of tools that allows users to compare and model the performance of applications across different cloud computing providers. The platform also delivers a price performance analysis to assist with the selection of a provider that best suits individual needs.
“The platform has two key components: a benchmarking module, which uses a series of applications to calculate baseline performance relevant to infrastructure configuration and specification; and a comparator module, which compares and reports on the different benchmark results across a range of server-based platforms,” says Gavin Kennedy, Head of the Smart Services CRC’s Service Innovation Foundry.
Smart CloudBench is being adapted for AARNet’s Enterprise Services consultancy arm to assist universities and other AARNet customers in the research and education community with the assessment of cloud migration strategies.
James Sankar, AARNet’s Director Enterprise Services says, “Our cloud broker platform is unique as it can benchmark the performance of custom configurations end-to-end (from within the cloud, from a location on the AARNet network and from within the campus network). Those metrics can be combined with cloud computing price books to calculate actual costs and performance metrics for virtual machine performance with or without load applied.”
A proof of concept for Australian universities connected to AARNet commences shortly and a number of universities are participating in the trials.
Please contact James Sankar if you’d like your university to participate.
Smart CloudBench is offered through AARNet’s independent technical Enterprise Services consultancy. We help AARNet customers make informed business decisions end-to-end campus and data centre network design and configuration, and managed services.
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