Evaluating the Cost-Benefit of Using Cloud Computing to Extend the Capacity of Clusters

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Executive Summary

This paper investigates the benefits that organisations can reap by using Cloud Computing" providers to augment the computing capacity of their local infrastructure. It evaluates the cost of six scheduling strategies used by an organisation that operates a cluster managed by virtual machine technology and seeks to utilise resources from a remote Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider to reduce the response time of its user requests.

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