Service level agreements can contain many service performance metrics with corresponding service level targets. A common case in IT services management is a call center or service desk. Among the metrics generally accepted in these cases is: a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an obligation between a service provider and a customer. Specific aspects of the service – quality, availability, responsibilities – are agreed between the service provider and the service user.  The most common component of ALS is that services are provided to the client in accordance with the contract. For example, internet service providers and telecommunications companies will generally include service level agreements under the terms of their contracts with customers to define service levels of service level sold in plain language. In this case, ALS generally has a medium-time technical definition between errors (MTBF), average repair time or average recovery time (MTTR); Identifying the party responsible for reporting errors or paying royalties; Responsibility for different data rates throughput; Jitter; or similar measurable details. FP7 IRMOS also examined aspects of translation of ALS terms at the application level into resource-based attributes to bridge the gap between customer expectations and cloud provider resource management mechanisms.   The European Commission has presented a summary of the results of various ALS research projects (from specifications to monitoring, management and implementation).  It is not uncommon for an internet service provider (or network service provider) to explicitly state its own ALS on its website.   The U.S. Telecommunications Act of 1996 does not specifically require companies to have ALS, but it does provide a framework for companies to do so in Sections 251 and 252.
 Section 252 (c) (1) (“Duty to Negotiate”) obliges z.B. established local exchange operators (CIDs) to negotiate in good faith matters such as the sale of dentes` and access to whistleblowing channels. There are limits to the regulatory possibilities in an ALS. Thus, they must not contain illegal contractual penalties if the legal provisions contain it more broadly. In principle, legal consequences such as the right to withdraw or terminate, penalties and damages or compensation must be clearly identified in a service level contract. Since the late 1980s, SLAs have been used by fixed-line operators. Today, ALS is so widespread that large organizations have many different ALSs within the company itself. Two different units in an organization script an ALS, one unit being the customer and another the service provider. This helps maintain the same quality of service between different units of the organization and in several sites within the organization. This internal ALS script also compares the quality of service between an internal service and an external service provider.  As applications are moved from dedicated hardware to the cloud, they must reach the same level of service, or even more sophisticated than conventional installations.