Bepari: A Cost-Aware Comprehensive Agent Architecture for Opaque Cloud Services

Shahid Noor, Mahmud Hossain, Rasib Khan, Ragib Hasan, S. M. Riazul Islam

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Cloud computing has become popular in various application domains based on infrastructure, platform, and software as a service model. Rapid deployment, high scalability, on-demand, and (theoretically) infinite resources have driven the industry towards the wide adoption of cloud computing services. However, the difficulty of cross-provider resource allocation and seamless resource transition is a major concern for such services. Therefore, the segregated cloud market forces its clients to use provider-specific and pre-configured options for their required resources and services. Thus, the overall market, even with the presence of multiple cloud service providers, operates as a direct service from the providers to the clients, and with non-negotiable pricing strategies for the cloud services. In this article, we propose Bepari, a cost-driven model for opaque service platforms for cloud computing. Bepari acts as a negotiation-based approach to deliver composite cross-provider cloud-based services to the end-users. Bepari provides a detailed service-oriented architecture for multiple cloud service providers to provide cross-platform and composite services. Furthermore, Bepari delivers a detailed cost model and comparison between establishing a cloud service vs. an opaque cloud service. Our empirical framework allows a Bepari service provider to analyze the profit model and create a market niche accordingly. Simulation results are provided, which validate the efficiency of a negotiated pricing strategy in terms of maximized resource utilization and profits for cloud service providers and cost reduction for the cloud users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th Annual IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference, IEMCON 2020
EditorsRajashree Paul
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728184166
ISBN (Print)9781728184173
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Annual IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference - Virtual, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 Nov 20207 Nov 2020
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameIEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference
ISSN (Print)2644-3155
ISSN (Electronic)2644-3163


Conference11th Annual IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference
Abbreviated titleIEMCON 2020
CityVirtual, Vancouver

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