Layered Model of Cloud Computing

What are the Layered Model of Cloud Computing


  1. The Hardware Layer
  2. The Infrastructure Layer
  3. The Platform Layer
  4. The Application Layer
  5. Data Center

Layered Model of Cloud Computing

1. The Hardware Layer

This layer is responsible for managing the physical resources of the cloud, including physical servers, routers, switches, power, and cooling systems.

In practice, the hardware layer is typically implemented in data centers.

A data center usually contains thousands of servers that are organized in racks and interconnected through switches, routers or other fabrics.

Typical issues at hardware layer include hardware configuration, fault tolerance, traffic management, power and cooling resource management.

2. The Infrastructure Layer

Also known as the virtualization layer, the infrastructure layer creates a pool of storage and computing resources by partitioning the physical resources using virtualization technologies such as Xen , KVM and VMware .

The infrastructure layer is an essential component of cloud computing, since many key features, such as dynamic resource assignment, are only made available through virtualization technologies.

3. The Platform Layer

Built on top of the infrastructure layer, the platform layer consists of operating systems and application frameworks.

The purpose of the platform layer is to minimize the burden of deploying applications directly into VM containers.

For example, Google App Engine operates at the platform layer to provide API support for implementing storage, database and business logic of typical web applications.

4. The Application Layer

At the highest level of the hierarchy, the application layer consists of the actual cloud applications.

Different from traditional applications, cloud applications can leverage the automatic-scaling feature to achieve better performance, availability and lower operating cost.

5. Data Center

A Data Center (DC) is a pool of computing resources(computational, storage, network) clustered together using communication networks to host applications and store data.

It generally includes redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression) and various security devices.

The main purpose of a data center is running the applications that handle the core business and operational data of the organization.


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