Research Output
A Classification and Comparison Framework for Cloud Service Brokerage Architectures
  Cloud service brokerage and related management and marketplace concepts have been identified as key concerns for future cloud technology development and research. Cloud service management is an important building block of cloud architectures that can be extended to act as a broker service layer between consumers and providers, and even to form marketplace services. We present a 3-pronged classification and comparison framework for broker platforms and applications. A range of specific broker development concerns like architecture, programming and quality are investigated. Based on this framework, selected management, brokerage and marketplace solutions will be compared, not only to demonstrate the utility of the framework, but also to identify challenges and wider research objectives based on an identification of cloud broker architecture concerns and technical requirements for service brokerage solutions. Cloud architecture concerns such as commoditisation and federation of integrated, vertical cloud stacks emerge.

  • Type:


  • Date:

    02 March 2016

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • DOI:


  • ISSN:


  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    004 Data processing & computer science

  • Funders:

    Enterprise Ireland


Fowley, F., Pahl, C., Jamshidi, P., Fang, D., & Liu, X. (2016). A Classification and Comparison Framework for Cloud Service Brokerage Architectures. IEEE transactions on cloud computing, 6(2), 358-371.



Service Management, Cloud Broker, Service Brokerage, Architecture Patterns, Cloud Broker Classification

Monthly Views:

Available Documents