Enabling Legacy Applications for Multi-tenancy Without Reengineering

  • Uwe HohensteinEmail author
  • Preeti Koka
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 743)


Multi-tenancy is an architectural style to share resources amongst several tenants. It is an important facet of Cloud Computing and often considered a key element to make Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) profitable. Indeed, SaaS providers adopt multi-tenancy to optimize resource usage and to save operational costs. While literature often discusses how to develop new, green-field software with multi-tenancy, this paper focuses on adding multi-tenancy to existing, brown-field software. This is particularly relevant in the context of Cloud migration where legacy software should be moved into the Cloud. The major contribution of this paper is to present an approach to leave the application’s source code untouched, i.e., to add some new components in order to enable the application for multi-tenancy. To this end, we apply the aspect-oriented language AspectJ in an industrial case study to evaluate what can be achieved with such an approach as well as to enumerate the benefits and drawbacks in detail. In a nutshell, the approach is appropriate to handle REST applications and/or backend services. The following important facets of multi-tenancy can be achieved: Tenant management; tenant-specific authentication and data isolation among multiple tenants for various database servers and strategies; tenant-specific customization by modifying existing behavior, particularly, removing functionality but also to introduce new functionality; and as a by-product, to monitor all tenants’ activities as a prerequisite for a tenant-specific billing.


Multi-tenancy Cloud migration Aspect-orientation AspectJ Industrial application Case study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Siemens AG, Corporate TechnologyMunichGermany

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