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01-12-2014 | Issue 4/2014

Cluster Computing 4/2014

Towards a framework for monitoring cloud application platforms as sensor networks

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Cluster Computing > Issue 4/2014
Authors:
Rustem Dautov, Iraklis Paraskakis, Mike Stannett
Important notes
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN) under grant agreement n\(^\circ \) 264840 (http://​www.​relate-itn.​eu/​).

Abstract

With the continued growth in software environments on cloud application platforms, self-management at the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) level has become a pressing concern, and the run-time monitoring, analysis and detection of critical situations are all fundamental requirements if we are to achieve autonomic behaviour in complex PaaS environments. In this paper we focus on cloud application platforms offering their customers a range of generic built-in re-usable services. By identifying key characteristics of these complex dynamic systems, we compare cloud application platforms to distributed sensor networks, and investigate the viability of exploiting these similarities with a case study. We treat cloud data storage services as “virtual” sensors constantly emitting monitoring data, such as numbers of connections and storage space availability, which are then analysed by the central component of a monitoring framework so as to detect and react to SLA violations. We discuss the potential benefits, as well as some shortcomings, of adopting this approach.

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