Cloud Computing and Virtualization'

Cloud Computing has become a major paradigm for providing and sharing IT resources. It is based on a service-oriented usage model and on virtualization of IT resources and aims at offering infrastructures, platforms, applications, and even business functionality as services which can be accessed via the Internet (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, BPaaS etc.). Major internet firms like Google or Amazon have set up tremendous efforts to leverage their IT infrastructures and to tap into these new markets; other firms have set up "firm-internal clouds" to benefit from the efficiency potentials of virtualization and servicing.

However, there are a number of substantial challenges that come with operating clouds and sharing of IT resources that affect different applications, consumers, and firms. Beside the technical aspects of optimal resource allocation, peak handling, security and privacy issues, or managing the interplay between public clouds and private clouds, there are organizational issues as well as economic questions that have to be addressed. Concepts such as SaaS or PaaS, which are driven by the cloud computing paradigm, tremendously change the way how software is produced and distributed, therefore requiring new economic mechanisms, new pricing and billing models, and new inter-organizational governance modes.

Recommended Topics
This track encourages the submission of research papers, research-in-progress papers, teaching cases, and panel proposals in the following areas (but not limited to):

  • Research on different "layers" of clouds and their interplay (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, BPaaS)
  • Cloud Federation, Hybrid Clouds, and Cloud Bridging
  • Cloud Computing and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Virtualization of hardware and software resources
  • Management and Monitoring of X-as-a-Service infrastructures
  • Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreement (SLA) management in cloud environments
  • Evaluation of Cloud Architectures
  • Impact of cloud computing and servitization on the software value chain
  • Value-added services for the provi-sion of cloud services
  • New software market roles such as brokers, integrators, and certifica-tion authorities
  • "War" between software platforms, standardization strategies, and mul-ti-homing of developers and users
  • Application of economic theories on cloud and platform market behavior and standardization trends

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