Date Added: Mar 2010
SURFnet is the primary supplier of advanced networking to Colleges, Universities and Research Institutions. SURFnet (And partners) wishes to optimize its computing capacity, and hope to realize this with the use of cloud computing. With the rising interest in cloud computing, a lot of new techniques are being developed and SURFnet wishes advice about which technique best fits their needs. In this paper the author researches the five most promising cloud platforms. They are compared on their offload ability, live migration options, high availability options and others. A conclusion is drawn out of this comparison, which cloud technique best fits the pro le needed for SURFnet and its institutes/ partners.