Date Added: Oct 2012
The cloud infrastructure services landscape advances steadily leaving users in the agony of choice. Therefore, the authors present CloudRecommender, a new declarative approach for selecting Cloud-based infrastructure services. CloudRecommender automates the mapping of users' specified application requirements to cloud service configurations. They formally capture cloud service configurations in ontology and provide its implementation in a structured data model which can be manipulated through both regular expressions and SQL. By exploiting the power of a visual programming language (widgets), CloudRecommender further enables simplified and intuitive cloud service selection. They describe the design and a prototype implementation of CloudRecommender, and demonstrate its effectiveness and scalability through a service configuration selection experiment on most of today's prominent cloud providers including Amazon, Azure, and GoGrid.