Journal of Internet Services and Applications

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 81–94 | Cite as

Cloud computing services: taxonomy and comparison

  • C. N. HöferEmail author
  • G. Karagiannis
Open Access
SI: Future Net Service Models & Designs


Cloud computing is a highly discussed topic in the technical and economic world, and many of the big players of the software industry have entered the development of cloud services. Several companies what to explore the possibilities and benefits of incorporating such cloud computing services in their business, as well as the possibilities to offer own cloud services. However, with the amount of cloud computing services increasing quickly, the need for a taxonomy framework rises. This paper examines the available cloud computing services and identifies and explains their main characteristics. Next, this paper organizes these characteristics and proposes a tree-structured taxonomy. This taxonomy allows quick classifications of the different cloud computing services and makes it easier to compare them. Based on existing taxonomies, this taxonomy provides more detailed characteristics and hierarchies. Additionally, the taxonomy offers a common terminology and baseline information for easy communication. Finally, the taxonomy is explained and verified using existing cloud services as examples.


Cloud computing Taxonomy Classification Comparison 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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