Several industry players have joined together to create an alliance to collaborate on cloud computing.
Industry players, including a university and an investment firm, in late May launched Cloud Commons, a web-based collaborative community that seeks to help IT professionals learn more about cloud computing through sharing and feedback from peers.
Among the founding collaborators of Cloud Commons include CA Technologies, TM Forum, Red Hat, Carnegie Mellon University and Insight Investments.
"Today, there is no comprehensive, unbiased source that solicits and aggregates the most current and relevant knowledge about cloud computing and the accumulated, actual experiences that organisations are having with the cloud," said David Hodgson, senior vice president of the cloud products and solutions business line at CA Technologies, at the launch.
"Cloud Commons will address this need--providing IT professionals with situational awareness and visibility into what is possible with the cloud."
The web community contains features that encourage sharing of ideas and learning to allow IT professionals to implement cloud computing in their organisations. There is an area on the website that allows participants to provide qualitative feedback on their experience with third-party cloud services. Participants can also post comments to share their best practices.
Carnegie Mellon University will also make available the Service Measurement Index (SMI) it is developing. The index is intended as a standard for quantifying and evaluating cloud computing services and addresses the need for industry-wide, globally accepted measures for calculating the benefits and risks of cloud computing services.
The website will also contain articles from industry analysts and subject matter experts, blog feeds from industry thought leaders, white papers and articles by IT professionals.
There will also be a marketplace of cloud computing service offerings to include vendor service ratings to enable participants to compare alternate service options.