Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Cloud Computing is a paradigm that applies a service model on infrastructures, platforms and software. In the last few years, this new idea has been showing its potentials and how, in the long run, it will affect Information Technology and the act of interfacing to computation and storage. This paper proposes an architecture for an ontology-based resource life-cycle management and provisioning in a federated Cloud Computing environment. Federated Clouds are presumably the first step toward a Cloud 2.0 scenario when different providers will be able to share their assets in order to create a free and open Cloud Computing marketplace. The idea of creating a network of Clouds has addressed a number of issues that in the last two years have motivated new research efforts.