IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management

Special Issue on Management of Cloud Services


Cloud computing is becoming recognized as a revolutionary new way to use computing and storage services more efficiently.  Revenues for public cloud 
services for one company, Amazon Web Services, have reached almost $1 billion a year. Yet cloud computing is challenging traditional management 
methods as it encompasses the business support, provisioning, configuration, portability, and interoperability of cloud providers supporting cloud 
consumers and brokers as outlined in the NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture. Business support includes the management of customers, 
contracts, and inventory as well as accounting, billing, reporting, auditing, pricing, and rating. Provisioning and configuration must consider rapid 
provisioning, resource changing, monitoring, reporting, metering, and service level agreements (SLA).  Portability and interoperability concerns both 
efficient and inexpensive data and application migration across multiple cloud environments. This can include data portability, data object migration, 
bulk data transfer; a unified management interface to support service interoperability across multiple cloud providers; and the migration of 
applications, services, machine images or virtual machine instances from one cloud provider to another. Cloud provisions like multi-tenancy, 
interoperability, scalability, reliability, efficiency, support of on-demand service composition, privacy, security and advanced audit are posing a 
set of challenges to the management field still largely to be addressed.

This special issue is intending to serve as a work of reference compiling the major achievements in the management of cloud services with emphasis on 
the field of network and service management. The final objective is to make cloud services and technologies more mature so as to boost and to 
facilitate a higher widespread uptake of cloud systems in the industry.

About the issue

Topics of interest, include, but are not limited to the following:

• Cloud service orchestration, APIs and usage control.
• Cloud service auditing, monitoring, and metering.
• Design of components of a management as a service layer.
• Management of cloud federations.
• Mobility management in cloud scenarios.
• Multi-cloud applications.
• New models and paradigms for cloud service management.
• Novel and emerging standards for interoperability between clouds.
• QoS/QoE and SLA management in the cloud.
• Secure and private management of cloud data.

Submission format

Papers will be evaluated based on their originality, presentation, relevance and contribution to the field of cloud computing management, as well as 
their overall quality and suitability for the special issue. The submitted papers must be written in a good English and describe original research 
which has not been published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Previously published conference papers should be clearly 
identified by the authors (at the submission stage) and an explanation should be provided of how such papers have been extended in order to be 
considered for this special issue. Guest editors will make an initial determination of the suitability and scope of all submissions. Papers that 
either lack originality, clarity in presentation or fall outside the scope of the special issue will not be sent for review and the authors will be 
promptly informed in such cases.

Author guidelines for preparation of manuscript can be found at

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Submission Guideline

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the IEEE ManuscriptCentral service located at:

Authors must make clear in an enclosing letter that the submission is for the “Management of Cloud Services” Special Issue.

Guest editors

Prof. Gregorio Martinez
University of Murcia, Spain

Prof. Roy Campbell
University of Illinois, USA

Dr. Jose M. Alcaraz Calero
Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, UK

Important dates

Paper submission date: October 31, 2012
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2013
Final paper due: June 15, 2013

Gregorio Martinez, PhD
University of Murcia, Spain

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