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2012 IEEE Fifth International Conference on Cloud Computing (2012)
Honolulu, HI, USA USA
June 24, 2012 to June 29, 2012
ISSN: 2159-6182
ISBN: 978-1-4673-2892-0
pp: 868-875
Sharing of physical infrastructure using virtualization presents an opportunity to improve the overall resource utilization. It is extremely important for a Software as a Service (SaaS) provider to understand the characteristics of the business application workload in order to size and place the virtual machine (VM) containing the application. A typical business application has a multi-tier architecture and the application workload is often predictable. Using the knowledge of the application architecture and statistical analysis of the workload, one can obtain an appropriate capacity and a good placement strategy for the corresponding VM. In this paper we propose a tool iCirrus-WoP that determines VM capacity and VM collocation possibilities for a given set of application workloads. We perform an empirical analysis of the approach on a set of business application workloads obtained from geographically distributed data centers. The iCirrus-WoP tool determines the fixed reserved capacity and a shared capacity of a VM which it can share with another collocated VM. Based on the workload variation, the tool determines if the VM should be statically allocated or needs a dynamic placement. To determine the collocation possibility, iCirrus-WoP performs a peak utilization analysis of the workloads. The empirical analysis reveals the possibility of collocating applications running in different time-zones. The VM capacity that the tool recommends, show a possibility of improving the overall utilization of the infrastructure by more than 70% if they are appropriately collocated.
Resource management, Servers, Heuristic algorithms, Databases, Electronic mail, Computer architecture, peak to mean ratio, Virtual machine, IaaS, SaaS, sizing, placement, workload, data correlation, reserved capacity, shared capacity, static allocation

R. Ganesan, S. Sarkar and A. Narayan, "Analysis of SaaS Business Platform Workloads for Sizing and Collocation," 2012 IEEE Fifth International Conference on Cloud Computing(CLOUD), Honolulu, HI, USA USA, 2012, pp. 868-875.
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