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Cloud Computing

Challenges, Limitations and R&D Solutions

  • Zaigham Mahmood

Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Limitations and Challenges of Cloud Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Saeed Shafieian, Mohammad Zulkernine, Anwar Haque
      Pages 3-22
    3. Joarder Mohammad Mustafa Kamal, Manzur Murshed
      Pages 23-50
  3. Current Developments and R&D Solution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Thiago Teixeira Sá, Rodrigo N. Calheiros, Danielo G. Gomes
      Pages 127-142
    3. Chi Harold Liu, Jian Shi, Jun Fan
      Pages 143-177
    4. Md Hasanul Ferdaus, Manzur Murshed
      Pages 179-208
  4. Advances in Cloud Technologies and Future Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Ahmad Karawash, Hamid Mcheick, Mohamed Dbouk
      Pages 257-276
    3. Attila Kertesz
      Pages 277-296
    4. Faria Mehak, Rahat Masood, Yumna Ghazi, Muhammad Awais Shibli, Sharifullah Khan
      Pages 297-324
    5. Marin Bertier, Frédéric Desprez, Gilles Fedak, Adrien Lebre, Anne-Cécile Orgerie, Jonathan Pastor et al.
      Pages 325-345
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 347-352

About this book


This important text/reference reviews the challenging issues that present barriers to greater implementation of the cloud computing paradigm, together with the latest research into developing potential solutions.

Exploring the strengths and vulnerabilities of cloud provision and cloud environments, Cloud Computing: Challenges, Limitations and R&D Solutions provides case studies from a diverse selection of researchers and practitioners of international repute. The implications of emerging cloud technologies are also analyzed from the perspective of consumers.

Topics and features:

  • Presents a focus on the most important issues and limitations of cloud computing, covering cloud security and architecture, QoS and SLAs
  • Discusses a methodology for cloud security management, and proposes a framework for secure data storage and identity management in the cloud
  • Introduces a simulation tool for energy-aware cloud environments, and an efficient congestion control system for data center networks
  • Examines the issues of energy-aware VM consolidation in the IaaS provision, and software-defined networking for cloud related applications
  • Reviews current trends and suggests future developments in virtualization, cloud security, QoS data warehouses, cloud federation approaches, and DBaaS provision
  • Predicts how the next generation of utility computing infrastructures will be designed

The insights provided by this practically-focused collection will be of great benefit to students, lecturers and researchers interested in the state of the art of cloud computing. Software developers, infrastructure managers, and other cloud practitioners will also find the book to be a helpful guide.


Cloud Interoperability and Performance Cloud Security Cloud Service Level Agreements Data Privacy and Confidentiality Identity and Access Management Open Standards

Editors and affiliations

  • Zaigham Mahmood
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DerbyUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Prof. Zaigham Mahmood is an Associate Lecturer (Research) at the University of Derby, UK; Senior Technology Consultant at Debesis Education, UK; Professor Extraordinaire at North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa; and Foreign Professor at NUST Islamabad, Pakistan. His other publications include the successful Springer books Continued Rise of the Cloud: Advances and Trends in Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing: Methods and Practical Approaches, Cloud Computing for Enterprise Architectures, and Software Engineering Frameworks for the Cloud Computing Paradigm.

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“This book provides a comprehensive overview of the issues and potential solutions to problems associated with cloud computing. … Each chapter includes references. Given the number of authors involved in the work, the editor did a good job of controlling the uniformity of the book's structure. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (J. Beidler, Choice, Vol. 52 (9), May, 2015)