"One of Our Hosts in Another Country": Challenges of Data Geolocation in Cloud Storage

Paladi, Nicolae and Michalas, Antonis (2014) "One of Our Hosts in Another Country": Challenges of Data Geolocation in Cloud Storage. In: The 6th IEEE Conference on Wireless Communication, Vehicular Technology, Information Theory and Aerospace & Electronic Systems Technology (Wireless VITAE), 11 - 14 May 2014, Aalborg, Denmark. (In Press)

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Physical location of data in cloud storage is an increasingly urgent problem. In a short time, it has evolved from the concern of a few regulated businesses to an important consideration for many cloud storage users. One of the characteristics of cloud storage is fluid transfer of data both within and among the data centres of a cloud provider. However, this has weakened the guarantees with respect to control over data replicas, protection of data in transit and physical location of data. This paper addresses the lack of reliable solutions for data placement control in cloud storage systems. We analyse the currently available solutions and identify their shortcomings. Furthermore, we describe a high-level architecture for a trusted, geolocation-based mechanism for data placement control in distributed cloud storage systems, which are the basis of an on-going work to define the detailed protocol and a prototype of such a solution. This mechanism aims to provide granular control over the capabilities of tenants to access data placed on geographically dispersed storage units comprising the cloud storage.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:5686
Deposited By:Antonis Michalas
Deposited On:07 Jul 2014 10:10
Last Modified:07 Jul 2014 10:10

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