One of the biggest problems with cloud computing is that when it comes to deciding where to host an application, it’s generally a matter of faith.
While a lot of assurances are made about performance, it’s usually not until the application is running that an IT organization knows what performance issues they may encounter. By then, it’ll be too late.
To help IT organizations avoid this problem altogether, CliQr Technologies, a provider of cloud management tools, released a free benchmarking tool that gives IT organizations a taste of the performance they might expect to see from any given cloud computing service.
CliQr, which also provides tools for moving legacy applications to the cloud or applications between clouds, clearly sees the free benchmarking tool as a way to introduce its products to a broader array of customers.
According to David Cope, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for CliQr, while most IT organizations are aware that there is a wide variety of tools for managing applications in the cloud, very few of them are aware that there exists a set of tools for porting existing enterprise applications to the cloud in a way that doesn’t adversely affect performance.
In fact, Cope says the CliQr approach eliminates any dependencies on proprietary scripts or any cloud-specific virtual images.
Given the fact that most legacy enterprise applications are frequently running on antiquated servers on premise, most of them run better on new hardware in the cloud anyway. But if the choice is between running them locally on new hardware versus the cloud, CliQr wants to make that decision a little easier to make.