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2013 IEEE Sixth International Conference on Cloud Computing (2013)
Santa Clara, CA USA
June 28, 2013 to July 3, 2013
pp: 301-308
Raul Gracia-Tinedo , Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Marc Sanchez Artigas , Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Adrian Moreno-Martinez , Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Cristian Cotes , Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Pedro Garcia Lopez , Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
ABSTRACT
The Personal Cloud model is a mainstream service that meets the growing demand of millions of users for reliable off-site storage. However, despite their broad adoption, very little is known about the quality of service (QoS) of Personal Clouds. In this paper, we present a measurement study of three major Personal Clouds: DropBox, Box and SugarSync. Actively accessing to free accounts through their REST APIs, we analyzed important aspects to characterize their QoS, such as transfer speed, variability and failure rate. Our measurement, conducted during two months, is the first to deeply analyze many facets of these popular services and reveals new insights, such as important performance differences among providers, the existence of transfer speed daily patterns or sudden service breakdowns. We believe that the present analysis of Personal Clouds is of interest to researchers and developers with diverse concerns about Cloud storage, since our observations can help them to understand and characterize the nature of these services.
INDEX TERMS
Cloud computing, Bandwidth, Extraterrestrial measurements, Educational institutions, Quality of service, Europe
CITATION

R. Gracia-Tinedo, M. Sanchez Artigas, A. Moreno-Martinez, C. Cotes and P. Garcia Lopez, "Actively Measuring Personal Cloud Storage," 2013 IEEE 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD), Santa Clara, CA, USA, 2013, pp. 301-308.
doi:10.1109/CLOUD.2013.25
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