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Method and System to Provide a Secure Service Advertising Protocol for Advertising Services from a Cloud Computing Infrastructure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000194952D
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-15
Document File: 5 page(s) / 104K

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Abstract

A method and system to register and advertise available services to users from a cloud provider is disclosed. A Secure Service Advertising Protocol (SSAP) is provided to facilitate the registration and advertisement of the available services to the users.

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Method and System to Provide a Secure Service Advertising Protocol for Advertising Services from a Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Disclosed is a method and system for registering and advertising available services to users from a cloud provider.

The method and system as disclosed herein provides for "dynamic advertisement and delivery of services" in a cloud computing environment where the available services may change over time as supply and demand conditions vary and a subscriber moves between geographic locations. Typically, a cloud service provider maintains a registry/catalog of all "services" for subscribers. The registry may be built taking into account various factors such as cost of delivery, authorization, subscription, and applications requirements and limitations associated with the services. After building the list of available services in the registry, a device specific catalog of services may be activated or displayed and status information about the list of available services may be provided. Status information may include data about bandwidth, signal quality, resolution, data propagation limitations and roaming.

The cloud provider(s) may maintain a registry of "owned services" as well as a registry and catalog of "partner services" that are accessible to the subscribers. These "services" as well as the content and transactions that the "services" represent, have attributes and constraints. The attributes may include technical parameters, such as processing, storage and bandwidth requirements, and business parameters such as entitlement criteria and rights. The constraints may include terms of service, and limitations of service associated with geography and time. These attributes and policies describe the service delivery objectives and constraints for "dynamic delivery" of services in the cloud computing environment.

When a subscriber selects a service that supports "dynamic delivery", the subscriber may review and accept the default values assigned to service delivery objectives and constraints, or negotiate other service level objectives within the acceptable range of constraints. The result of that acceptance or negotiation establishes the baseline and service level objectives for the delivery of cloud service to this subscriber. Once the "subscriber service" has been initiated, any change, or expected change in the service delivery objectives and constraints will be communicated to the subscriber by the cloud service provider using a Secure Service Advertising Protocol (SSAP).

SSAP is a connection oriented protocol used to advertizing services to cloud subscribers. SSAP ensures that subscribers may access a refined set of new services from a new supplier. Further, SSAP allows only authorized users to be notified of the available services. A committed service level is maintained and checked for any variations using SSAP and the subscriber is allowed to determine the service that is the closest fit to a predete...