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dc.contributor.authorWard, Jonathan Stuart
dc.contributor.authorBarker, Adam David
dc.identifier.citationWard , J S & Barker , A D 2014 , ' Observing the clouds : a survey and taxonomy of cloud monitoring ' , Journal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems and Applications , vol. 3 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 161341829
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84926427503
dc.descriptionThis research was supported by a Royal Society Industry Fellowship and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) grant. Date of Acceptance: 10/12/2014en
dc.description.abstractMonitoring is an important aspect of designing and maintaining large-scale systems. Cloud computing presents a unique set of challenges to monitoring including: on-demand infrastructure, unprecedented scalability, rapid elasticity and performance uncertainty. There are a wide range of monitoring tools originating from cluster and high-performance computing, grid computing and enterprise computing, as well as a series of newer bespoke tools, which have been designed exclusively for cloud monitoring. These tools express a number of common elements and designs, which address the demands of cloud monitoring to various degrees. This paper performs an exhaustive survey of contemporary monitoring tools from which we derive a taxonomy, which examines how effectively existing tools and designs meet the challenges of cloud monitoring. We conclude by examining the socio-technical aspects of monitoring, and investigate the engineering challenges and practices behind implementing monitoring strategies for cloud computing.
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dc.rights© 2014 Ward and Barker; licensee Springer. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited.en
dc.subjectCloud computingen
dc.subjectQA76 Computer softwareen
dc.titleObserving the clouds : a survey and taxonomy of cloud monitoringen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorThe Royal Societyen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Computer Scienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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