Achieving Federated and Self-Manageable Cloud Infrastructures: Theory and Practice

Achieving Federated and Self-Manageable Cloud Infrastructures: Theory and Practice

Massimo Villari (Università degli Studi di Messina, Italy), Ivona Brandic (Vienna University of Technology, Austria) and Francesco Tusa (Università degli Studi di Messina, Italy)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: May, 2012|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 489|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1631-8
ISBN13: 9781466616318|ISBN10: 1466616318|EISBN13: 9781466616325


Cloud computing presents a promising approach for implementing scalable information and communications technology systems for private and public, individual, community, and business use.

Achieving Federated and Self-Manageable Cloud Infrastructures: Theory and Practice overviews current developments in cloud computing concepts, architectures, infrastructures and methods, focusing on the needs of small to medium enterprises. The topic of cloud computing is addressed on two levels: the fundamentals of cloud computing and its impact on the IT world; and an analysis of the main issues regarding the cloud federation, autonomic resource management, and efficient market mechanisms, while supplying an overview of the existing solutions able to solve them. This publication is aimed at both enterprise business managers and research and academic audiences alike.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Autonomic Resource Management
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Federation
  • Computing Concepts
  • IT Analysis
  • Knowledge Management in Clouds
  • Market Mechanisms in Clouds
  • Remote Applications
  • Virtual Environments

Reviews and Testimonials

"..written exclusively by renowned experts in their field, this book thoroughly discusses the concepts of federation in clouds, resource management and brokerage, and solutions-such as cloud middleware implementations and use, monitoring in clouds from a practical point of view, enterprise experience, energy constrains, and applicable solutions for securing clouds.

And that's what makes this book so valuable, for the researcher, but also for the practitioner, to develop and operate these cloud infrastructures more effectively, and for the user of these clouds. For the researcher, it contributes to the actual and open research areas in federated clouds." [...] "For the practitioner and user, it provides real use cases demonstrating how to build, operate, and use federated clouds, which are based on the real experience of the authors themselves. Practical insight and guidance, lessons learned, and recommendations."

– Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch, ISC Cloud, General Chair

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Massimo Villari is an Aggregate Professor in Computer Engineering at the University of Messina, Italy. In 2003 he received his PhD in Computer Science School of Engineering. Since 2006 he is an Aggregate Professor at University of Messina. He is actively working as IT Security and Distributed Systems Analyst in cloud computing, virtualization and Storage for the European Union Projects "RESERVOIR" and "VISION-CLOUD". Previously, he was an academic advisor of STMicroelectronics, help an internship in Cisco Systems, in Sophia Antipolis, and worked on the MPEG4IP and IPv6-NEMO projects. He investigated issues related with user mobility and security, in wireless and ad hoc and sensor networks. He is IEEE member. Currently he is strongly involved on EU Future Internet initiatives, specifically Cloud Computing and Security in Distributed Systems. His main research interests include virtualization, migration, security, federation, and autonomic systems. In UniME is also the Cloud Architect of CLEVER; a cloud middleware aimed at federated clouds.
Ivona Brandic is Assistant Professor at the Distributed Systems Group, Information Systems Institute, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). Prior to that, she was Assistant Professor at the Department of Scientific Computing, Vienna University. She received her PhD degree from Vienna University of Technology in 2007. From 2003 to 2007 she participated in the special research project AURORA (Advanced Models, Applications and Software Systems for High Performance Computing) and the European Union's GEMSS (Grid-Enabled Medical Simulation Services) project. She is involved in the European Union's SCube project and she is leading the Austrian national FoSII (Foundations of Self-governing ICT Infrastructures) project funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF). She is Management Committee member of the European Commission's COST Action on Energy Efficient Large Scale Distributed Systems. From June-August 2008 she was visiting researcher at the University of Melbourne. Her interests comprise SLA and QoS management, Service-oriented architectures, autonomic computing, workflow management, and large scale distributed systems (Cloud, Grid, Cluster, etc.).
Francesco Tusa was born in Messina on Feb 5th 1983. In 2008, he received a Master Postdegree in "Open Source and Computer Security", and started his PhD studies in "Advanced Technologies for Information Engineering" at the University of Messina. On April 2011 he defended his PhD thesis "Security in distributed computing systems: from Grid to Cloud". He have been actively working as IT Security and Distributed Systems Analyst in cloud computing, virtualization and Storage for the European Union Projects "RESERVOIR" and "VISION-CLOUD". He is involved in the design and implementation of the CLEVER cloud middleware. His scientific activity has been focused on studying distributed systems, grid and cloud computing. His research interest are in the area of security, virtualization, migration, federation of distributed computing systems. He is one of the members of the MDSLab Computer Engineering group at the University of Messina.