Australian start-up information and services provider, Sentinus, is vowing to “clean up the Cloud” with the launch of a new toolkit that has been created to expose risky Cloud practices and assist businesses in finding reliable vendors.
The Sentinus Toolkit uses best-practice in Cloud security, service quality and architecture to expose hidden weaknesses in providers, and allow businesses to identify trustworthy investments.
“We’re seeing a wealth of choices in Cloud services,”Sentinus advisory services director, Damian Brramanis, said. “It’s like visiting a supermarket. The difference is, at the supermarket, we’re protected with standards for food quality and labelling, but in the Cloud it’s far too easy to end up with a rotten egg.”
He added that while there are global efforts to bring regulation and standards to Cloud services, they are not being developed fast enough.
“Businesses don’t want to risk their reputation with a major failure, but they do want to take advantage of the Cloud right now. That’s where we come in,” Bramanis said.
Tools within the kit include data and application profiling, standard/full architecture review, standard/full feature review, standard/full policy review, standard/full service review, standard/full vendor review, legal/agreement considerations, reference site interview, and management briefing template.
To promote its offering, Sentinus has made the Cloud Computing 80-point Safety Check, which is a part of the toolkit, available as a free download through its website.
Alternatively, businesses who are interested in the product can purchase a single user license for $950, a 10-user license for $2450, or a site license (up to 100 users) for $9900. Each package includes a 12-month subscription to all updates and changes.