Design Science


Cloud computing is the newest approach that has quickly evolved in last few years. It provides consumers with services suchas software, storage, network or hardware from a location-independent cloud. These services are on-demand with a “pay onlyfor service used” model that reduces overall capital costs. Although cloud computing has many benefits, a lack of confidencein the technology is restricting many organizations to move their data and software to the cloud. The concerns includesecurity risks and lack of clear system level monitoring from the cloud providers that leads to a need of control and visibilityof effective fault tolerance in the cloud. In this paper, we focus on agent based proactive management system whereconfigurable agents are spawned in the cloud on-demand to monitor system and application resources, collect data to identifypossible failures, construct a pattern knowledge base and take decisions for failure mitigation.