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An architecture for cross-cloud system management

Lookup NU author(s): Christopher Smith, Professor Aad van Moorsel


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The emergence of the cloud computing paradigm promises flexibility and adaptability through on-demand provisioning of compute resources. As the utilization of cloud resources extends beyond a single provider, for business as well as technical reasons, the issue of effectively managing such resources comes to the fore. Different providers expose different interfaces to their compute resources utilizing varied architectures and implementation technologies. This heterogeneity poses a significant system management problem, and can limit the extent to which the benefits of cross-cloud resource utilization can be realized. We address this problem through the definition of an architecture to facilitate the management of compute resources from different cloud providers in an homogenous manner. This preserves the flexibility and adaptability promised by the cloud computing paradigm, whilst enabling the benefits of cross-cloud resource utilization to be realized. The practical efficacy of the architecture is demonstrated through an implementation utilizing compute resources managed through different interfaces on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service. Additionally, we provide empirical results highlighting the performance differential of these different interfaces, and discuss the impact of this performance differential on efficiency and profitability. © 2009 Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dodda R, Smith C, Van Moorsel A

Editor(s): Ranka, S., Aluru, S., Buyya, R., Chung, Y-H., Gupta, S., Grama, A., Kumar, R., Phoha, V.V., Dua, S.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Contemporary Computing: Second International Conference (IC3)

Year of Conference: 2009

Pages: 556-567

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03547-0_53

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ISBN: 9783642035463