Date Added: Jul 2012
The recent advent of cloud computing technologies has enabled agile and scalable resource access for a variety of applications. Content distribution services are a major category of popular Internet applications. A growing number of content providers are contemplating a switch to cloud-based services, for better scalability and lower cost. Two key tasks are involved for such a move: to migrate their contents to cloud storage, and to distribute their web service load to cloud-based web services. The main challenge is to make the best use of the cloud as well as their existing on-premise server infrastructure, to serve volatile content requests with service response time guarantee at all times, while incurring the minimum operational cost.