Smart CloudBench—A framework for evaluating cloud infrastructure performance


Cloud migration allows organizations to benefit from reduced operational costs, improved flexibility, and greater scalability, and enables them to focus on core business goals. However, it also has the flip side of reduced visibility. Enterprises considering migration of their IT systems to the cloud only have a black box view of the offered infrastructure. While information about server pricing and specification is publicly available, there is limited information about cloud infrastructure performance. Comparison of alternative cloud infrastructure offerings based only on price and server specification is difficult because cloud vendors use heterogeneous hardware resources, offer different server configurations, apply different pricing models and use different virtualization techniques to provision them. Benchmarking the performance of software systems deployed on the top of the black box cloud infrastructure offers one way to evaluate the performance of available cloud server alternatives. However, this process can be complex, time-consuming and expensive, and cloud consumers can greatly benefit from tools that can automate it. Smart CloudBench is a generic framework and system that offers automated, on-demand, real-time and customized benchmarking of software systems deployed on cloud infrastructure. It provides greater visibility and insight into the run-time behavior of cloud infrastructure, helping consumers to compare and contrast available offerings during the initial cloud selection phase, and monitor performance for service quality assurance during the subsequent cloud consumption phase. In this paper, we first discuss the rationale behind our approach for benchmarking the black box cloud infrastructure. Then, we propose a generic architecture for benchmarking representative applications on the heterogeneous cloud infrastructure and describe the Smart CloudBench benchmarking workflow. We also present simple use case scenarios that highlight the need for tools such as Smart CloudBench.

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    Some example representative applications include TPC-W for a transactional e-commerce web application (TPCW 2003) and Media Streaming benchmark application for media streaming applications such as Netflix or Yuku (Ferdman 2012)


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Baruwal Chhetri, M., Chichin, S., Vo, Q.B. et al. Smart CloudBench—A framework for evaluating cloud infrastructure performance. Inf Syst Front 18, 413–428 (2016).

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  • Cloud performance benchmarking
  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service
  • Automated benchmarking
  • Cloud bench