User Requirements for

Cloud Computing Architecture
Roger Clarke, Xamax Consultancy, Canberra
Visiting Professor in Computer Science, ANU
and in Cyberspace Law & Policy, UNSW

2nd International Symposium on Cloud Computing
Melbourne, 17 May 2010 {.html,.ppt}



User Requirements for Cloud Computing Architecture


Precursors / Related Concepts
A Working Definition
An Architectural Framework
User Benefits
Disbenefits and Risks
• Operational
• Contingent
• Security
• Business

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Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing July 2009 – $US 1.gartner. Solutions • Cloud Computing/SaaS Integration • Cloudbursting/Overdraft • Cloud Service Management Tools • Tera-architectures • Virtual Private Cloud Computing • Application Platform as a Service • Cloud Computing for the Enterprise • DBMS in the Cloud • Private Cloud Computing • Business Process Utility • Hybrid Cloud Computing • Cloud Application Development Tools • Cloud-Based E-Mail Services • Cloud-Enabled BPM Platforms • Cloud Security Concerns • Cloud Storage Copyright 2010 • • • At the Peak • Elasticity • Enterprise Portals as a Service • Cloud/Web Platforms • Compute Infrastructure Services • 'In the Cloud' Security Services • Cloud Computing • Public Cloud Computing/the Cloud Sliding Into the Trough • Real-Time Infrastructure • IT Infrastructure Utility • SaaS Climbing the Slope • SaaS Sales Force Automation • Virtualization • Cloud Advertising • Grid Computing • Integration as a Service 8 .) • On the Rise • Cloud Services Governance • Cloud-Driven Prof'l IT Services.995 (53 pp.

1970s Application Service Providers (ASPs) – 1980s working from home / tele-work – 1980s working on the move / 'road warrior' – 1990s docking portables to corporate networks portable-to-desktop synchronisation Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – late 1980s Web Services – 2000 Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) – early-to-mid-2000s Copyright 2010 Related Concepts • • • • • • • • Software as a Service (SAAS) – late 1990s. Salesforce Cluster Computing – inter-connected stand-alone computers are managed as a single integrated computing resource Grid Computing – computational resources are assigned dynamically Peer-to-Peer (P2P) architectures Server-Virtualisation Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – 2006 Platform as a Service (PaaS) – 2006 Anything as a Service *aaS / AaaS 9 .Predecessor Terms • • • • • • • • • Computing as a utility / 'computer service bureaux' / 'data centres' – 1960s.g. e.

virtualized. the provider allocates resources according to demand. resources are scalable according to demand) • measured service (i. rather than assigning resources to particular clients) • rapid elasticity (i. resource usage is metered) Copyright 2010 10 . 2008. dynamically-scalable. managed computing power. platforms.e. using any device) • resource pooling (i.e. automated response by servers to direct requests by clients) • broad network access (i.e.e. and services are delivered on demand to external customers over the Internet" (Foster et al. from anywhere. October 2009): • on-demand self-service (i. in which a pool of abstracted.Cloud Computing Definitions • • "a large-scale distributed computing paradigm that is driven by economies of scale. storage. at the Grid Computing Environments Workshop) five 'essential characteristics' (NIST.e.

The User Organisation Perspective A Working Definition A service that satisfies all of the following conditions: • it is delivered over a telecommunications network • users place reliance on the service for data access and/or data processing • the data is under the legal control of the user • some of the resources on which the service depends are virtualised.e. the user has no technical need to be aware which server running on which host is delivering the service. at least re the quantum used Copyright 2010 11 . nor where the hosting device is located • the service is acquired under a relatively flexible contractual arrangement. i.

through SLA dependence (assuming there's an SLA. through commoditisation of service levels.Cloud Computing is a Form of Outsourcing How is it different from earlier forms? • • • Scalability ('there when it's needed) Flexible Contractual Arrangements ('pay per use') Opaqueness ('let someone else worry about details') • which means less user control: • of the application. and it's negotiable) • of host location. through resource-virtualisation • Copyright 2010 12 .

April 2009 Youseff L. & Da Silva D. CSA (2009) 'Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing' Cloud Security Alliance. 2008 Copyright 2010 13 . Butrico M. Grid Computing Environments Workshop. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture.Sample Architectures QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture.. (2008) 'Toward a Unified Ontology of Cloud Computing' Proc.

. hype. and reality for delivering computing as the 5th utility' Future Generation Computer Systems 25 (January 2009) 599-616 14 .QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Broberg J. Venugopal S. & Brandic I. (2009) 'Cloud computing and emerging IT platforms: Vision.. Yeo C. Fig..S. 3 High-level market-oriented Cloud architecture Copyright 2010 Buyya R.

CC Architecture – The User Organisation Perspective Intermediating Infrastructure Copyright 2010 15 .

Intermediating Infrastructure Copyright 2010 A Comprehensive CC Architecture 16 .

CC's Potential Benefits • • • Copyright 2010 Enhanced Service Accessibility • Access to Services that are otherwise unavailable • Access to Services from multiple desktop devices • Access to Services from scaled-down devices • Access to Services from multiple device-types Other Technical Benefits • Professionalised backup and recovery • Scalability • Collaboration convenience • Copyright convenience Financial Benefits • Lower Investment / up-front cost • Lower Operational Costs • Lower IT Staff Costs 17 .

Downsides – The User Perspective • Operational Disbenefits and Risks Dependability on a day-to-day basis • Contingent Risks Low likelihood / Potentially highly significant • Security Risks Security in the broad • Business Disbenefits and Risks Beyond the merely technical Copyright 2010 18 .

integrity after bug-fixes. and the data • Maintainability – fit. and customisability • Reliability – continuity of operation • Availability – hosts/server/database readiness/reachability • Accessibility – network readiness • Robustness – frequency of un/planned unavailability (97% uptime = 5 hrs/wk offline) • • Resilience – speed of resumption after outages Recoverability – service readiness after resumption • Integrity – sustained correctness of the service.Operational Disbenefits and Risks • Fit – to users' needs. mods Copyright 2010 19 . reliability.

Contingent Risks • • Major Service Interruptions Service Survival – supplier collapse or withdrawal Safeguards include software escrow. versions. escrow inspection. proven recovery procedures. data formats Flexibility Customisation Forward-compatibility (to migrate to new levels) Backward compatibility (to protect legacy systems) Lateral compatibility (to enable escape) Copyright 2010 20 . protocols. rights that are proof against actions by receivers • • • Data Survival – data backup/mirroring and accessibility Compatibility – software.

second-party and third-party threats to any aspect of reliability or integrity • Data Security Environmental. while denying access to imposters? • Susceptibility to DDOS Multiple. but choke-points will exist Copyright 2010 21 . both in remote storage and in transit • Authentication and Authorisation How to provide clients with convenient access to data and processes in the cloud.Security Risks • Service Security Environmental. separate servers. second-party and third-party threats to content.

replication/synch'n) • • Service Levels to the Organisation's Customers Legal Compliance Data protection law. Company Directors' obligations re asset protection.Business Disbenefits and Risks • Acquisition Lack of information. risk management • Privacy Breach – Content Access. costs to deliver Inherent lock-in effect. Third-Party ('data breach'. Retention Second-Party (service-provider abuse). business continuity. because of high switching costs High-volume data transfers (large datasets. Storage in Data Havens (India. law of confidence. non-negotiability of terms of contract and SLA • Ongoing Usage Loss of corporate knowledge about apps. financial services regulations. Arkansas) Copyright 2010 22 . evidence discovery law. IT services. due diligence. Use. 'unauthorised disclosure').

Some Risk Management Strategies • Risk Assessment • Contract Terms Service Level Agreement (SLA) Multi-Sourcing • Parallel in-house service • Several compatible suppliers . • • • Copyright 2010 23 ...

Conditions under which the service is considered to be unavailable 2. Response times from applications 3. Rules for penalties/ charge backs 13. Reaction and resolution times Copyright 2010 9. Required types and levels of support 1. Requirements regarding capacity and performance reporting 3. Restrictions on maintenance 7. Area/ locations 2. Duties of the service provider 2. Cost for the service provision 2. Business justification 2. Mandated technical standards and spec of the technical service interface 11. Reaction and resolution times Rules regarding termination of the agreement 4. public holidays) 3. Availability targets and commitments 1. Maintainability targets (usually defined as MTRS) 5. Clearance information (with location and date) 1. Identification of business-critical assets connected with the service 1. Exceptions (e. Types of infrastructure to be supported 4. Change history 14. Customer 3.g. On-site support 1. Availability targets 3. Maintenance slots 8. Duties of the customer (contract partner for the service) 3. Service name 2.g. Types of users 3. Desired outcome in terms of utility 4. List of annexes http://wiki. IT Security aspects to be observed when using the service 12. Estimation of the business impact caused by a loss of service or assets 6. e.php/Checklist_SLA_OLA_UC 24 . weekly) and seasonal variations 2. Numbers and types of transactions 2.en. Service Level Manager 2. Requirements regarding availability reporting 2. Desired outcome in terms of warranty 5. Capacity/ performance targets and commitments 1. Start and end dates 2. Service Continuity commitments 1. weekends. Costs and pricing 1. Other critical assets used within the service 2. Reference to further contracts which also apply (e. SLA) 7. Time within which normal service levels must be restored 10. Responsibilities of service users (e. Contract duration 1. Procedures for announcing interruptions to the service 8. Remote support 1. Service times 1. Time within which a defined level of service must be re-established 2.g.g. Hours when the service is available 2. Service level requirements/ targets 1. 1. Responsibilities 1. Area/ locations Reliability targets (usually defined as MTBF or MTBSI ) 4. with respect to IT security) 4. Vital Business Functions (VBFs) supported by the service 2. Types of users (user groups granted access to the service) 3. Numbers and types of users 3. Requirements for scalability 4. Service and asset criticality 1. Types of infrastructure to be supported 4. Business processes/ activities oncust side supported by the service 3.ITILv3 SLA Checklist – Edited Down! 1. Business cycles (daily. Required capacity (lower/upper limit) for the service. Description/ desired customer outcome 1. Downtimes for maintenance 6.

User Requirements Essential Features • • • • • Copyright 2010 Assured Data Integrity Assured Service Integrity Assured Compliance with legal requirements within jurisdictions to which the user organisation is subject Warranties and indemnities in the contract. terms of service and SLA (if any) But who audits and certifies? 25 .

. scalability. and adjuncts to analysis and decision-making. convenience. UP3: CC is applicable depending . • can the risks be adequately understood and managed? • trade-offs between potential benefits vs. uncertain reliability. contingent risks against cost-advantages.Categories of Use-Profile • • • UP1: CC is completely inappropriate • 'mission-critical systems' • systems embodying the organisation's 'core competencies' • applications whose failure or extended malperformance would threaten the organisation's health or survival UP2: CC is very well-suited Uses of computing that are highly price-sensitive.. etc. uncontrollable risks Copyright 2010 26 . not essential operations Trade off loss of control.

Declaration. Measurement • • • • • Service Reliability Levels Service Survival Protections Data Survival Protections Service and Data Compatibility Service and Data Flexibility 4. Privacy Policy Enforcement Measures. Integrity Assurance • • Service Integrity Data Integrity 2.User Requirements for CC Infrastructure 1. to enable: • • • • Server Privacy Policy Statement User Privacy Rqmts Statement Comparison of the two Preclusion of Usage where Requirements are not satisfied 27 . Compliance Assurance • • • • • • • Service Security Service Access Controls Data Transmission Security Data Storage Security Data Use (by service-provider) Data Disclosure (by others) Jurisdictional Location(s) of Data Storage Copyright 2010 3.

Implications for Cloud Computing Architectures • • • • • • • CCAs must be comprehensive. and externally-managed identities (Shibboleth. encompassing not only the server side. APIs. OpenID) Jurisdictional Locations of Hosts must be controlled These all depend on CCAs including specs and implementation of multiple special-purpose components and features Privacy management must go beyond 'privacy through policy' and 'privacy by design' to 'Privacy through Architecture' Copyright 2010 28 . but also the client side and intermediating functions Security Risk Assessments and Solutions must be end-to-end rather than limited to the server side CCA designers must address the risks arising from vulnerable user devices and vulnerable clients Client authentication must be achieved through components.

p.Conclusion • "Past efforts at utility computing failed.. 2008. and we note that in each case one or two . and terms of contract and SLA • Copyright 2010 29 . critical characteristics were missing" (Armbrust et al. applications. infrastructure.. 5 – UC Berekeley) • CC may be just another marketing buzz-phrase that leaves corporate wreckage in its wake CC service-providers need to invest a great deal in many aspects of architecture.

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