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How well will a particular application perform in a given cloud computing environment? That's a basic question for IT groups who are comparison shopping among cloud options and one that's tough to answer at the moment. Apples to apples comparisons prove almost impossible.
Unfortunately, there's not an independent source that can give an individual company a good idea of how well a cloud service will perform nor a comprehensive set of tools to help evaluate a service while it's being tested, says Bernard Golden, CEO of consultancy HyperStratus.
In fact, it's not even easy to compare the costs among cloud providers, let alone measure and map performance, notes Geva Perry, cloud-market strategy blogger and chief marketing officer at high-performance Web application developer GigaSpaces.
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