xLM's Service Based Accretive GxP Qualification Model for Cloud Infrastructure

Not a day goes by without a client posing this question:  Can Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure be qualified so that I can run my apps on it?  Here is a 9 Step systematic answer to this very popular question.

  1. Step 1:  Design your BASE Cloud Infra (combination of IaaS / PaaS)
  2. Step 2: Divide your BASE into logical Services (Core Services (e.g. Networking, Compute) & Management Services (e.g. Auditing, Monitoring))
  3. Step 3: Build your DEV BASE IaaS/PaaS.  Finalize and test your configuration.
  4. Step 4: Develop a Qualification Plan / Governance Framework
  5. Step 5: Build your QA BASE IaaS/PaaS 
  6. Step 6: Qualify each Service (Each Service at a minimum requires a Service Design Specification, Service Qualification Protocol, SOPs/WIs to manage Operation, Administration
  7. Step 7:  Deploy PROD BASE IaaS/PaaS
  8. Step 8: Add or Modify Services to build out your Cloud under Change Control
  9. Step 9: Build a "continuous" qualification platform for each Service to provide documented evidence that your Service continuous to work as designed (irrespective of many changes pushed by the Cloud Vendor)