Cloud Measured Service Tutorial

In this cloud training tutorial, you’ll learn about the last essential characteristics of Cloud as defined by the NIST, the support of a measured service. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial.

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Cloud Measured Service Video Tutorial

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NIST states that “Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging and metering capability at some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service. For example, storage, processing, bandwidth, and active user accounts.

Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported, providing transparency for both the provider and consumer of the utilized service.”

Cloud Measured Service

Cloud services are typically going to be multi-tenant. You’re not going to just have one enterprise, instead, there’s going to be multiple enterprises. The Cloud provider needs to be able to measure how much of the service each customer is using and bill them accordingly.
Billing will typically be monthly and it is an ongoing operational expenditure cost from the customer’s viewpoint. The available payments can be the following:

  • Pay As You Go – offers discount
  • Fixed Monthly Plans – more convenient

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What is billed depends on what service model is being used such as:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

The service models of the different types of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS will be discussed in separate tutorials. I’ll give you a bit more details in those individual tutorials regarding how the billing will work for the actual type of service.

Additional Resources

Measured Service:

The Cloud Defined, Part 5 of 8: Measured Service:

5 Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing:

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