Cloud Computing: Analysis of Various Platforms

Cloud Computing: Analysis of Various Platforms

Nawsher Khan (Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia), A. Noraziah (Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia), Elrasheed I. Ismail (Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia), Mustafa Mat Deris (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia) and Tutut Herawan (Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/jeei.2012040104
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Abstract

Cloud computing is fundamentally altering the expectations for how and when computing, storage, and networking resources should be allocated, managed, consumed, and allow users to utilize services globally. Due to the powerful computing and storage, high availability and security, easy accessibility and adaptability, reliable scalability and interoperability, cost and time effective cloud computing is the top, needed for current fast growing business world. A client, organization or a trade that adopting emerging cloud environment can choose a well suitable infrastructure, platform, software, and a network resource, for any business, where each one has some exclusive features and advantages. The authors first develop a comprehensive classification for describing cloud computing architecture. This classification help in survey of several existing cloud computing services developed by various projects globally such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Sun and Force.com and by using this survey’s results the authors identified similarities and differences of the architecture approaches of cloud computing.
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Background Study

Cloud computing brings the difference from traditional IT approaches is the focus on service delivery as well as the consumer utilization model. In the background, service provider’s uses system architecture, particular technologies, industry best practices and design to provide and support the delivery of service-oriented and elastically scalable environment to provide better services to multiple customers. Platform-as-a-Service solutions provide applications development platforms and environment for seamlessly incorporate Cloud computing into existing services, application and infrastructure with a market-oriented approach.

Cloud computing is emergent based on year’s achievement on Grid computing, Virtualization, Utility computing, Web computing and related technologies. Cloud computing provides both platforms and applications on-demand through Internet or intranet (Bernstein, Vidovic, & Modi, 2010; Armbrust et al., 2009; Boss, Maladi, Quan, Legregni, & Hall, 2007; Nurmi, Wolski, Grezgorczyk, Obertelli, Soman, Youseff, & Zagorodnov, 2008). Some examples of emerging Cloud computing platforms are Amazon EC2 (Vouk, Mladen et al., 2008), IBM blue Cloud (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/).

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