Date Added: Mar 2012
In this paper, the authors briefly outline some differences between IaaS frameworks Eucalyptus, OpenNebula, OpenStack and Nimbus. They provide also an overview how platforms such as Amazon, Azure, and Google provide additional services to provide more convenient platforms for its users. They then present an overview of what FutureGrid currently provides while also focusing on opportunities to leverage from their image generation and management tool to utilize several of the IaaS frameworks. Cloud computing has become an important driver for delivering infrastructure as a service to users that demand the creation of environments that are customized to their service needs.