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Cloud Gazing: A Comprehensive Evaluation of IaaS Technologies for FutureGrid

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Executive Summary

Since the beginning of Cloud computing as a new and emerging paradigm, the field of Distributed Systems is amidst a stage of redefinition. Due to this, there are a wide variety of "Cloud" solutions, ranging from virtualization technologies to internet enabled web services, however a Cloud usually entails the use of Infrastructure as a Service for many people. Lately, there have been a number of private Infrastructure platforms with little formal evaluation of each. As such, this manuscript looks to evaluate various Infrastructure level cloud technologies, specifically for supporting advanced scientific research. The FutureGrid project, a high performance cloud and grid testbed, provides the ideal environment for an unbiased evaluation.

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