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Automatically managing collocated cloud applications for improved performance is a hard problem due to the unprecedented scale and the dynamics of the multiplexed cloud environment. Compounding the problem, today's approaches to cloud application management are too limited in the way they acquire information. Monitoring performed by the operator is too low level and application agnostic while monitoring performed by applications in isolation is too restricted. In this paper, the authors propose sharing of application experiences as a cloud and application management building block. To achieve this level of sharing, the current state-of-the-art towards increased isolation among cloud applications needs to be re-thought. Focusing on isolation overlooks and potentially impedes the substantial benefits obtainable through sharing application experiences.
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