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My definition of “IT system cloud index”

The objective of the “cloud index” is to monitor the cloud level of an IT system in order to monitor and to communicate in a simple way to the level of cloud reached.

Here’s the definition I use.

The IT system is defined as a sum of Business Services (i.e. applications, see ITIL definition).

Each business service is characterized by a “feature_size”.

The “feature_size” express the complexity of the application (kind of  “function point” approach).

For each business service, we express it’s “cloud_level” on a scale from 0 to 100 :

  • 0   : the business service is hosted on dedicated servers on premise
  • 10 : the business service is hosted on shared servers (via virtualization for example) on servers on premise.
  • 20 : the business service is hosted on an external datacenter
  • 50 : the business service is hosted on a IaaS platform
  • 60 : the business service is on a PaaS platform
  • 100 : the business service is supported by a full Saas Solution.

Based on this, the cloud index is defined as the weighted average of the business services “cloud_level” weighted by the “feature_size”.



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