Competition for users on a global market is fierce, forcing enterprises to provide for better, faster services while offering the same more cheaply. At the same time, users choose to remain oblivious of the infrastructure behind the service – only demanding that it works. Cloud service failures and inefficient management of such failures can result in significant financial cost, loss of reputation for providers, and drive key customers away. At the same time failure situations can never be completely avoided. To mitigate their effects we present a decision model for providers to help them decide which jobs to keep running and which to cancel in order to minimize loss of revenue and key customers during partial resource failures. The results of the evaluation of the model and its extension show its ability to significantly improve revenue. Furthermore the model can also help to reduce the number of cancelled jobs.
Püschel, Tim and Neumann, Dirk, "Mitigating the Effects of Partial Resource Failures for Cloud Providers" (2010). AMCIS 2010 Proceedings. 580.