Date Added: Nov 2010
Cloud computing represents an emerging approach to on-demand computing. This paper proposes an extension to a three-layered cloud computing architecture through the use of strategy-trees. Managers at each layer of the cloud architecture, representing a provider's perspective, will utilize strategy-trees to implement feedback loops to achieve sets of objectives over defined horizons of time. Cloud computing represents an emerging approach to on-demand computing provided over the Internet that has come into vogue due to both advances in virtualization techniques and the construction of numerous large commodity data centers across the globe. The emergence of the cloud offers an opportunity for economies of scale previously unavailable to small and medium size enterprises.