Semantic Modeling for Cloud Computing, Part 2

TitleSemantic Modeling for Cloud Computing, Part 2
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAmit Sheth, Ajith Ranabahu
KeywordsCloud computing

Cloud computing has lately become the attention grabber in both academia and industry. The promise of seemingly unlim- ited, readily available utility-type computing has opened many doors previously considered difficult, if not impossible, to open. The cloud-computing landscape, however, is still evolving, and we must overcome many challenges to foster widespread adoption of clouds. The main challenge is interoperability. Numerous vendors have introduced paradigms and services, making the cloud landscape diverse and heterogeneous. Just as in the computer hardware industry's early days, when each vendor made and marketed its own version of (incompatible) computer equipment, clouds are diverse and vendor-locked. Although many efforts are under way to standardize clouds important technical aspects, notably from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), consolidation and standardization are still far from reality. In this two-part article, we discuss how a little bit of semantics can help address clouds key interoperability and portability issues. In this part we discuss the potentials for semantics in Clouds.