Without a single value metric, comparing Cloud providers is like comparing "apples to oranges".

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud providers are clamoring to provide value to a global Cloud marketplace with an insatiable appetite for cloud computing infrastructure.

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The Cloud Wars are upon us. From frequent pricing changes to per-second-billing, Committed Use Discounts (CUD), and instance size flexibility, Cloud providers are innovating to gain greater market share. As consumers, it’s nearly impossible to decide which Cloud offerings are best suited for various workloads and provide the best value. How can Cloud Transparency be obtained in this complex Cloud computing industry?

Cloud Transparency through the collection and open dissemination of information is the only way to create parity in the Cloud market. True visibility for Cloud consumers can be achieved by monitoring price and performance on an on-going and consistent basis, and comparing cloud providers based on a single price-performance metric. Transparency will eventually allow enterprises to optimize workload distribution across VMs from multiple providers.

In this whitepaper, we dive into the challenges of Cloud Transparency, what it means for consumers and providers of Cloud services, and how we can reach Cloud Transparency across the IaaS Cloud industry.

Download, "Comparing Cloud Providers: A Key Metric for Seeing Through the Clouds", to learn how price-performance metrics help Cloud consumers make informed buying decisions.

Download this whitepaper to learn how Cloud Transparency will change the way you buy Cloud.