Map your project and identify your cloud priorities

Please select at least one of the vertical markets that your project targets.

For each of the Characteristics that are listed below please give a score for how important your project sees it; 1 is the least and 9 is the most. Below each listing you can find a decription giving some insight to what each means.


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On Demand Self-Service
Consumers can log on to a website or use web services to access additional computing resources on demand, that is, whenever they want them, without talking to a sales representative or technical support staff.

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Broad Network Access
Because they are web-based, you can access cloud computing services from any internet-connected device. With a web browser on a desk-top machine, or even a thin client computer terminal, you can do any computing that the cloud resources provide.

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Resource Pooling
In multi-tenanted computing clouds the customers share a pool of computing resources with other customers, and these resources, which can be dynamically reallocated, may be hosted anywhere.

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Rapid Elasticity
Cloud computing enables computing resources or user accounts to be rapidly and elastically provisioned or released so that customers can scale their systems up and down at any time according to changing requirements.

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Measured Service
Cloud computing providers automatically monitor and record the resources used by customers or currently assigned to customers, which makes possible the pay-per-use billing model that is fundamental to the cloud computing model.

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Massive Scale
A cloud platform may, depending on the resources offered, provide individual users with access to large-scale or even massive-scale computing.

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Homogeneity
In many situations it is advantageous to both customers and providers to have essentially homogeneous systems at their disposal. Where requirements are particularly difficult or unusual, a cloud platform may be built out of non-homogeneous systems and components.

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Virtualization
Virtualisation of machines as software systems massively increases the scale of cloud resources that can be made available. Virtualization is not an essential characteristic but it is becoming the only way that scale demands can be met by providers; customers generally don’t care either way as the virtualization is entirely transparent.

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Low Cost Software
If increased scale reduces per-unit, or per-use cost, then cloud computing offers a drive towards lower-cost software. It is important to note that this may not be the case across all sectors and activities.

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Resilient Computing
In some sectors, continuous availability of computing with zero-downtime is crucial to the sectors requirements, for example, emergency and financial systems. In these sectors requirements for resilient, rather than just fail-safe computing will be the norm.

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Geographic Distribution
Some sectors have legal requirements that physical data stores are in particular geographical jurisdictions. This places certain restrictions on providers favouring a cloud-anywhere model. More commonly the user is not concerned about location per se.

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Service Orientation
The design of the services that run and operate on the cloud frameworks are normally operated as services such they can take advantage of other factors that give resilience. This includes the ability to scale different components within the system depending on their load and capability.

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Advanced Security
There may be the capability to perform both system and network level security within the cloud system.