Understanding the Complexity Surrounding Multitenancy in Cloud Computing

Woods, Katie and Anderson, Mark (2011) Understanding the Complexity Surrounding Multitenancy in Cloud Computing. In: UNSPECIFIED (ed). e-Business Engineering (ICEBE), 2011 IEEE 8th International Conference on. IEEE Computer Society, pp. 119-124. ISBN 978-1-4577-1404-7 DOI https://doi.org/10.1109/ICEBE.2011.68

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the challenges and complexity of multi-tenancy issues that have emerged though the development and adoption of cloud computing. The paper will focus specifically around cloud deployment and data storage, in particular relation to privacy concerns due to multi-tenancy. The reason for this lies with the identification of Software as a Service (SaaS) as the most likely adopted service model, particularly for those who are teleworking, as this relies on the service provider adopting a multi-tenancy environment within the data centre. The paper takes the perspective that, for both legal reasons and as part of shared obligation, it is necessary for users to recognise the need for common standards of policy and procedure. For example, this may be in levels of protection to prevent data protection and privacy laws being compromised. Both cloud service providers and legislative bodies need to acknowledge the impact that multi-tenancy can have on user privacy and act accordingly in regulatory steps and in encouraging a culture of adhering to common user standards. Such matters must be addressed at the earliest levels of growth in user demand to be optimally effective, especially when scalability is a fundamental driver for the adoption of cloud computing.

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Additional Information: IEEE International Conference on E-Business Engineering is an important outlet and forum for e-business research. As an international collaboration, this paper considers the significant factors which would affect the successful implementation of a multitenancy architecture in the, then, recent field of Cloud Computing. Those factors are both technical and political, and therefore are important policy considerations for organisations wishing to adopt Cloud Computing as an infrastructure option. This was the first paper produced in this international collaboration to explore the determining factors underpinning policy changes required for the successful implementation of cloud systems.
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Computing and Information Systems
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2013 09:58
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/5595

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