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Authors: Owen Rogers and Dave Cliff

Affiliation: University of Bristol, United Kingdom

ISBN: 978-989-8565-52-5

Keyword(s): Pricing, Derivatives, Energy Market, Electricity Futures.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Cloud Computing ; Cloud Computing Enabling Technology ; Cloud Optimization and Automation ; Dynamic Capacity and Performance Management ; Economics (ROI, Costs, CAPEX/OPEX,…) ; Platforms and Applications

Abstract: The cost of electricity is a major concern to public providers of cloud computing services. On-demand pricing, common amongst cloud providers, does not aid the provider in planning future demand and therefore purchasing energy at discounted rates. In this paper, we describe a number of advance pricing schemes for cloud computing resources based on provision-point contracts, commonly used by deal-of-the-day websites such as Groupon. We propose three models – Group Provision Points, Contributory Provision Points, and Variable Reward Forwards – that each reward consumers with reduced prices for advance reservations, while allowing providers to make accurate forecasts of energy usage. Furthermore, we show how the schemes are risk-free for the provider, guaranteeing to be at least as profitable as on-demand schemes. We present results from a simulation of the schemes, and compare the results to our analytically derived predictions.

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Paper citation in several formats:
Rogers, O.; Rogers, O. and Cliff, D. (2013). Hedging Cloud Energy Costs via Risk-free Provision Point Contracts.In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER, ISBN 978-989-8565-52-5, pages 244-252. DOI: 10.5220/0004374502440252

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booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,},
year={2013},
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JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,
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SN - 978-989-8565-52-5
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AU - Cliff, D.
PY - 2013
SP - 244
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DO - 10.5220/0004374502440252

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