Colocation as a Service Strategic and Operational Services for Cloud Colocation
By co-locating with other tenants of an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, IaaS users could reap significant cost savings by judiciously sharing their use of the fixed-size instances offered by IaaS providers. This paper presents the blueprints of a Co-location as a Service (CaaS) framework. CaaS strategic services identify coalitions of self-interested users that would benefit from co-location on shared instances. CaaS operational services provide the information necessary for, and carry out the reconfigurations mandated by strategic services. CaaS could be incorporated into an IaaS offering by providers; it could be implemented as a value-added proposition by IaaS resellers; or it could be directly leveraged in a peer-to-peer fashion by IaaS users.