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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Security, volume 7, numbers 1 and 2, 2014 // View article sec_v7_n12_2014_2


Policy-Aware Provisioning and Management of Cloud Applications

Authors:
Uwe Breitenbücher
Tobias Binz
Christoph Fehling
Oliver Kopp
Frank Leymann
Matthias Wieland

Keywords: Cloud Computing; Application Management; Provisioning; Security; Policies

Abstract:
The automated provisioning and management of composite Cloud applications is a major issue and of vital importance in Cloud Computing. It is key to enable properties such as elasticity and pay-per-use. The functional aspects of provisioning and management such as instantiating virtual machines or updating software components are covered by various technologies on different technical levels. However, currently available solutions are tightly coupled to individual technologies without being able to consider non-functional security requirements in a non-proprietary and interoperable way. In addition, due to their heterogeneity, the integration of these technologies in order to benefit from their individual strengths is a major problem - especially if non-functional aspects have to be considered and integrated, too. In this article, we present a concept that enables executing management tasks using different heterogeneous management technologies in compliance with non-functional security requirements specified by policies. We extend the Management Planlet Framework by a prototypical implementation of the concept and evaluate the approach by several case studies.

Pages: 15 to 36

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2014. Used with permission.

Publication date: June 30, 2014

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2636

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