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Consumer Side Resource Accounting in the Cloud

Lookup NU author(s): Ahmed Mihoob, Dr Carlos Molina-Jimenez, Emeritus Professor Santosh Shrivastava



The paper investigates the possibility of consumer side resource accounting of cloud services, meaning, whether it is possible for a consumer to independently collect all the resource usage data required for calculating billing charges for pay-per-use cloud services. The accounting models of two widely used cloud services are examined and possible sources of difficulties are identified, including causes that could lead to discrepancies between the metering data collected by the consumer and the provider. The investigation is motivated by the fact that cloud service providers perform their own measurements to collect usage data, but as yet there are no equivalent facilities of consumer-trusted metering that are commonly provided by utility service providers like gas and electricity. The paper goes on to suggest how cloud service providers can improve their accounting models to facilitate the task of consumer side resource accounting.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mihoob A, Molina-Jimenez C, Shrivastava S

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2011

Pages: 21

Print publication date: 01/06/2011

Source Publication Date: June 2011

Report Number: 1259

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne