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A Client-centric Approach to Interoperable Clouds  

 Mukesh Singhal

Professor EECS and Chancellor's Professor School of Engineering
University of California, Merced, USA
Fellow of IEEE, Ameritech Faculty &  IEEE Technical Achievement Award

Abstract .Cloud computing offers several benefits in terms of scalability, cost and performance. These benefits have contributed to the wide-scale acceptance of the cloud computing paradigm and growing adoption by the industry. With this growth, limitations of this paradigm are beginning to surface. One such limitation is that contemporary clouds are not interoperable. This limitation arises due to proprietary technologies, heterogeneous interfaces and the tight tethering of service offerings to the host cloud. Current research solutions for enabling cloud interoperability are predominantly provider-centric, requiring cloud providers to adopt and implement the changes that facilitate interoperation. This approach faces several hurdles and can take a long time to hit the market. In the meantime, a client-centric approach to interoperation is necessary for providing its benefits to consumers in the current cloud ecosystem. To this end, a novel framework for cloud interoperation called collaborative cloud computing is proposed. The proposed framework provides dynamic, on-the-fly collaborations and resource sharing among cloud-based services, without preestablished collaboration agreements or standardized interfaces, through use of client-controlled mediating agents called proxies.
Keywords : Client-centric; Cloud; Cloud Computing

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