ABC: Adaptive Brokerage for the Cloud

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Computing Science


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Description There is an increased interest in cloud brokerage from users in different sectors. This interest is motivated by a need for diversification in the service providers in order to overcome the limitations of a single-cloud model. However, brokerage comes at the cost of additional complexity such as (but not limited to) application deployment, resources monitoring, and accounting. In this project, we have developed tools to help alleviate these concerns from the user and allow them to concentrate on their core business logic. We have designed a modelling language that allows a user specify their needs, and an associated framework that ensures that such needs are continuously met.
Exploitation Route Based on the work of this project, further work can be done to expand the brokerage model beyond the cloud to edge resource providers. Additionally, efforts could be planned to expand the service level objectives that a user could specify, particularly in terms of carbon emissions and source carbon intensity.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

Description Through engaging with our industrial partners, we have improved the way they use cloud resources. This has improved their DevOps processes and increased their productivity. Specifically, we have helped our partners to optimise their cloud infrastructure, automate their deployment processes, and improve their monitoring and logging capabilities. These improvements have enabled our partners to deliver their products and services more quickly and efficiently, while also reducing their costs and improving their developer satisfaction.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Economic

Description ABC: Adaptive Brokerage for the Cloud
Amount £117,047 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R010889/2 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2021 
End 03/2022