Systematic survey on evolution of cloud architectures

S. Bharath Bhushan*, Pradeep Reddy, Dhenesh V. Subramanian, X. Z. Gao

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Cloud architectures are becoming an active area of research. The quality and durability of a software system are defined by its architecture. The architecture approaches that are used to build cloud-based systems are not available in a blended fashion to achieve an effective universal architecture solution. The paper aims to contribute to the systematic literature review (SLR) to assist researchers who are striving to contribute in this area. The main objective of this review is to systematically identify and analyse the recently published research topics related to software architecture for cloud with regard to research activity, used tools and techniques, proposed approaches, domains. The applied method is SLR based on four selected electronic databases proposed by Kitchenham and Charters (2007). Out of 400 classified publications, we regard 121 as relevant for our research domain. We outline taxonomy of their topics and domains, provide lists of used methods and proposed approaches. At present, there is little research coverage on software architectures for cloud, while other disciplines have become more active. The future work is to develop a secure architecture to achieve quality of service and service level agreements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-38
JournalInternational Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Cloud computing
  • Quality of service
  • Resource
  • Security
  • Service level agreement
  • Service management
  • Software architectures

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