Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Cloud Service Provider

Most enterprises are now evaluating external clouds to offload their dynamic IT workloads, including development and testing, software demos and evaluations, and virtual training. This white paper explores the top ten requirements buyers must evaluate to select the right cloud provider.

Ten enterprise requirements to adopt cloud computing for dynamic workloads include:

  • Ability to run existing applications unchanged
  • Easy to use self-service web portal
  • Virtual data center control and visibility
  • Virtual data center configuration, snapshots, and cloning
  • Import and export vm images
  • Support for existing software licenses
  • Role-based user access control
  • Policy management, cost control and charge-back
  • Collaboration, sharing and workflow
  • Enterprise-class support and training
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