University of East Anglia
The first hurdle for carrying out research on cloud computing is the development of a suitable research platform. While cloud computing is primarily commercially-driven and commercial clouds are naturally realistic as research platforms, they do not provide to the scientist enough control for dependable experiments. On the other hand, research carried out using simulation; mathematical modeling or small prototypes may not necessarily be applicable in real clouds of larger scale. Previous surveys on cloud performance and energy-efficiency have focused on the technical mechanisms proposed to address these issues. Researchers of various disciplines and expertise can use them to identify areas where they can contribute with innovative technical solutions. This paper is meant to be complementary to these surveys.