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Business Method for DSAAS providers to generate revenue from new cloud technologies. Disclosure Number: IPCOM000220917D
Publication Date: 2012-Aug-15
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Enabling new charging models for DSAAS providers.

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Business Method for DSAAS providers to generate revenue from new cloud technologies.

The cloud is an increasingly popular mechanism for using compute resources. An entity pays to use compute resources and services from a cloud provider but without increasing their IT estate. You pay for what you use.

    Charging for use of software and compute resource can be determined by a number of measures, for example the cost to the user of renting a virtual machine (VM) could be calculated by how many virtual processors are configured. Other aspects of the VM and its infrastructure could also be used to calculate the user "rent" for example memory size, network access speed, network bandwidth. Further to this, softer elements can also be made chargeable, for example reliability or up-time guarantees.

Data Storage As A Service - DSAAS is where a user obtains data storage from a cloud provider. A DSASS supplier could be offering whole LUNs or just some network attached storage.

In a cloud environment the provider could charge for storage in the following ways.

Per unit (e.g. GB) provided.

Per unit consumed.

The per unit cost could be varied by other storage attributes.

Performance. E.g. $1 per GB for fast, $0.5 for slow.

Availability. E.g. $2 per GB for high availability (99.9% up-time), $0 for standard.

Backup requirements. E.g. $1 per unit of high redundancy backed-up storage, $0
for standard backup.

    This document identifies how new emerging cloud storage standards can be incorporated into the charging model of the cloud provider, producing interesting ways to drive revenue.


    New techniques and standards are emerging such as the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI). The CDMI provides a rich API that allows users of the storage cloud to specify Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) attributes about the data they are storing in the cloud. For example how long data should be stored and how many copies of the data should be maintained. For file based storage, these attributes are for each file that is created in the cloud.

With the original charging models identified at the start of this document two problems are seen.

1. Clients purchase blocks of storage with a set of attributes, but they are charged for the block. The files stored within this block have many requirements, the attributes of the block may not always be the best fit, overall a client may be paying too much for parts of their storage.

2. With more being stored in the cloud, cloud providers should find new ways of creating revenue from DSAAS.

    By thinking about the new features that the SNIA offers, new charging models are enabled providing interesting ways to generate revenue.

New Revenue Options:

    It is likely that the DSAAS provider is building their cloud on adv...