Towards distributed architecture for collaborative cloud services in community networks
Document typeConference report
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Rights accessOpen Access
Internet and communication technologies have lowered the costs for communities to collaborate, leading to new services like user-generated content and social computing, and through collaboration, collectively built infrastructures like community networks have also emerged. Community networks get formed when individuals and local organisations from a geographic area team up to create and run a community-owned IP network to satisfy the community’s demand for ICT, such as facilitating Internet access and providing services of local interest. The consolidation of today’s cloud technologies offers now the possibility of collectively built community clouds, building upon user-generated content and user-provided networks towards an ecosystem of cloud services. To address the limitation and enhance utility of community networks, we propose a collaborative distributed architecture for building a community cloud system that employs resources contributed by the members of the community network for provisioning infrastructure and software services. Such architecture needs to be tailored to the specific social, economic and technical characteristics of the community networks for community clouds to be successful and sustainable. By real deployments of clouds in community networks and evaluation of application performance, we show that community clouds are feasible. Our result may encourage collaborative innovative cloud-based services made possible with the resources of a community.
CitationKhan, M.A.; Selimi, M.; Freitag, F. Towards distributed architecture for collaborative cloud services in community networks. A: International Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems. "2014 International Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems: IEEE INCoS 2014: 10–12 September 2014, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy: proceedings". Salerno: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2014, p. 1-9.