The complexities that come with cloud computing go way beyond interoperability issues.
Cost is a significant factor as is performance.
Digital Fuel is launching a a SaaS platform called IT Cloud Cost Management that provides a view into the costs that comes with cloud computing. Nimsoft, recently acquired by CA, provides performance management of a company's cloud infrastructure and on-premise environments.
Digital Fuel CEO Yisrael Dancziger says people are looking at cloud computing in a similar way to how they viewed outsourcing. They see it as a cheaper alternative.
But over time, the costs to operate a cloud infrastructure will become increasingly complex as more factors become part of the equation. A company may have multiple cloud environments. Costs associated with security, compliance and other issues increasingly become factors to consider.
Digital Fuel provides a dashboard environment to give visibility and predictability of the costs to a business. The service is intended to provide a method for billing business units for the costs of specific services. For instance, it calculates "what if" analysis of the costs associated with cloud computing.
Nimsoft provides a performance a dashboard environment to view the actual performance of a cloud-based infrastructure and how it compares to on-premise systems. In April, the company launched an on-demand service for IT administrators to see a full view of services running in datacenters, hosted, remote and cloud based infrastructures.
Services like Digital Fuel and Nimsoft represent a new generation of companies that offer management services for cloud computing.
We expect these services will proliferate as cloud computing becomes increasingly mainstream.