Professor explores better cloud computing

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Consumers and businesses are increasingly turning to cloud computing, a technology that uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications. Anna Squicciarini, an assistant professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, is undertaking a research project with the intention of helping users select the best cloud computing service to suit their needs.

Squicciarini has received an award of $144,920 from the National Science Foundation to support the project, Brokerage Services for the Next Generation Cloud. By designing and developing ad hoc techniques for service comparison and analysis, she said, she will analyze cloud policies and study the services’ composition, with the goal of providing a brokerage component in selecting a cloud computing service.

"Currently, no concrete solution related to cloud brokerage exists,” Squicciarini said. “This project will result in a brokerage-based approach that can bring enough benefits to be worth the efforts."

Last Updated October 25, 2012