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Smart CloudBench - Test Drive the Cloud Before You Buy

  • Mohan Baruwal Chhetri
  • Sergei Chichin
  • Quoc Bao Vo
  • Ryszard Kowalczyk
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 177)

Abstract

In recent years there has been an exponential growth in the number of vendors offering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), with a corresponding increase in the number of enterprises looking to migrate some, or all of their IT systems to the cloud. Prospective cloud consumers need to identify providers that offer resources with the most appropriate pricing and performance levels to match their specific business needs before making any migration decisions. However, no two vendors offer the same resource configurations, pricing models or provisioning models. Moreover, cloud vendors tend to use different virtualization techniques which impact the performance of the software systems running on top of their infrastructure. Since consumers only have a black-box view of the cloud, it makes the task of comparing and selecting appropriate computing resources a very complex exercise. In this paper, we present Smart CloudBench, which is a suite of software tools that allows prospective cloud consumers to test drive the cloud and make purchasing decisions based on price, specification AND performance. Cloud consumers can use Smart CloudBench for the automated, on-demand, real-time and customized benchmarking of cloud infrastructure and use the benchmarking results along with the pricing and specification information to make more informed purchasing decisions. Tests using Smart CloudBench show that the performance of higher priced servers is not necessarily better than that of lower priced ones, and it has to be tested extensively in order to substitute assumptions with facts.

Keywords

Cloud infrastructure selection Performance benchmarking Automated benchmarking 

Notes

Acknowledgment

This work was partially funded by the Service Delivery and Aggregation Project within the Smart Services CRC.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohan Baruwal Chhetri
    • 1
  • Sergei Chichin
    • 1
  • Quoc Bao Vo
    • 1
  • Ryszard Kowalczyk
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Information and Communication TechnologiesSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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