Title: An OWL ontology to support cloud portability and interoperability

Authors: Beniamino Di Martino; Giuseppina Cretella; Antonio Esposito; Graziella Carta

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, Second University of Naples, Aversa, Italy ' Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, Second University of Naples, Aversa, Italy ' Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, Second University of Naples, Aversa, Italy ' Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, Second University of Naples, Aversa, Italy

Abstract: During the past few years, cloud computing has become a key IT buzzword. A growing number of cloud providers started to expose their own services to the market, to answer consumer's need, engaging a competition in the attempt to offer the easiest access to resources and the widest catalogue of services. However, the current lack of a shared standard for the description of such services can represent an obstacle to the development of interoperable and portable cloud solutions. In this scenario, developers could benefit from an automatic tool or technique to identify the architectural solution best answering their requests. In this work we are presenting our approach to the semantic description of cloud resources, comprehending both a general and agnostic representation of such services and a focus on provider specific solutions. Also, we illustrate how the proposed description can be queried and further extended, by means of logical rules, in order to retrieve and assess new information on services equivalences.

Keywords: cloud computing; ontology; OWL; SPARQL; cloud services; portability; interoperability; semantic descriptions; cloud resources.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWGS.2015.070972

International Journal of Web and Grid Services, 2015 Vol.11 No.3, pp.303 - 326

Received: 31 Jan 2015
Accepted: 02 Feb 2015

Published online: 03 Aug 2015 *

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