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Cloud Architecture for Logistic Services
Korczak J., Lipiński P.

This paper concerns organization of the local cloud computing environment at the Wroclaw University of Economics, developed in the framework of the LOGICAL research project. In particular the architecture of the environment, the implementation of main components of the environment are described as well as their references to the global cloud computing environment and the general architecture of the VMWare platform .

Key words: cloud computing, logistic services, cloud portal, data security


One of the key trends in modern ICT business applications is the virtualization of computation resources and services through cloud computing [8], [11], [14], [15]. The virtualization of resources enables management and operation of so-called “virtual machines” that can be used to provide services activated inside the cloud system. The idea of cloud computing is to replace locally installed hardware and software resources, local databases and processes by web-interconnected servers, data storage devices and applications accessible on-demand through web-based user interface.
Recently numerous studies and research project have shown the advantages for logistics enterprises of migration of applications and services on the cloud servers (e.g. [2], [4], [7], [12], [17], [13], [18]).
This paper concerns architectural issues of a cloud computing platform for logistic services. It proposes an optimal architecture of a cloud computing platform for logistic services to enhance the interoperability of logistics businesses. Presented in the paper LOGICAL project was started in 2011 within the Central Europe programme of the European Regional Development Fund. Its general objective is to enhance the interoperability of logistics businesses of different sizes, to improve the competitiveness of Central European logistics hubs through a decrease of transaction costs (better access to systems of logistics partners and global players), and to promote collective (sustainable) modes of transport (multi-modal cooperation) [4].

This paper is structured in the following manner: Section 2 presents a short introduction to the cloud computing. Section 3 refers to some prototype applications and the environment. Section 4 discusses data protection and service cost estimation. Section 5 presents the development status of the project and concludes the paper.

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The local cloud architecture, its implementation and installation, is strongly based on the global architecture of the global LOGICAL cloud computing environment [2]. As most of the components of the global architecture is still in a prototype version and their implementation is still ongoing, the architecture of the local cloud computing environment may also change.
At this moment, the local cloud computing environment is in a prototype version with the components described in this report. It is ready to install additional services and to be integrated with the global LOGICAL cloud computing environment.
However, after the integration with the final version of the global architecture and its components, some experiments are necessary to validate the efficiency of the platform and test its components.


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Artykuł przedstawia organizację chmury obliczeniowej zaprojektowanej w ramach projektu LOGICAL (program Central Europe) i wdrożonej na Uniwersytecie Ekonomicznym we Wrocławiu.  W szczególności opisano architekturę platformy, jej główne komponenty i usługi oraz platformę VMWare. Przedstawiona chmura obliczeniowa jest zorientowana na usługi  i aplikacje dla małych i średnich przedsiębiorstw logistycznych w Europie Centralnej. Projekt LOGICAL jest w trakcie realizacji, jego zakończenie planuje sie na koniec 2014 roku.

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