Journal of Network and Systems Management

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 489–512 | Cite as

Towards Runtime Reconfiguration of Application Control Policies in the Cloud

  • Luis M. Vaquero
  • Daniel Morán
  • Fermín Galán
  • Jose M. Alcaraz-Calero


The main contribution of this paper is the description of an architecture for dynamically controlling the behavior of the applications deployed in the Cloud by using a set of high-level rules. This architecture is flexible enough to enable the re-definition of behavior policies at runtime. This makes it possible to adapt the behavior of applications after deployment. It is also able to manage different cloud providers. This architecture has been implemented and the most relevant details of such implementation are also covered in this paper. Moreover, some use cases are also explained in order to provide a better description of the advantages of the proposed architecture.


Dynamic reconfiguration Cloud Rule based Service behavior Application governance 



The authors would like to thank Telefónica’s team for their huge effort and professionalism beyond their duty. The authors would like to emphasize that this work has been fully developed in Telefónica within the Real Elastic Cloud (REC) initiative. In addition, authors would like also to thanks the Fundacion Seneca for sponsoring Jose Maria Alcaraz Calero under the post-doctoral program. The authors would also like to acknowledge the anonymous reviewers for their candid comments that have greatly helped to improve the quality of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis M. Vaquero
    • 1
  • Daniel Morán
    • 2
  • Fermín Galán
    • 2
  • Jose M. Alcaraz-Calero
    • 3
  1. 1.Cloud and Security Lab, Hewlett-Packard LaboratoriesStoke GiffordUK
  2. 2.Telefónica DigitalTelefónicaMadridSpain
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversidad de ValenciaValenciaSpain

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