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Architectural Templates

Architectural Templates (ATs) are a method to formalise architectural styles on component models. This formalization is annotated with quality models for model-driven analyses. An example of such an annotation are CloudScale Architectural Template.

CloudScale Architectural Templates

CloudScale Architectural Templates (CATs) are a refinement of Architectural Templates (ATs). While ATs allow arbitrary quality models to be annotated, CATs annotate scalability model only. This annotation allows architects to analyse the scalability of their SaaS applications.

Elasticity

For an as-a-Service layer, elasticity is the degree to which the layer is able to adapt to workload changes by (de)provisioning services of its underlying layers in an autonomic manner such that at each point in time the utilised services fulfill the SLA of the layer as closely as possible.

Load

Load is the characterisation of the quantity of requests.

Metric

Metric is a procedure to determine a quantity. SaaS quantity metric: e.g., #IaaS + #PaaS services IaaS quantity metric: e.g., #CPU services, #CPU Minutes, #CPU Invocations

Quantity

Quantity is a property that can exist as a magnitude or multitude. [Wiki]

SaaS Stakeholder

Example SaaS stakeholders: SaaS End-users, SaaS provider, SaaS Architects, SaaS Developers, SaaS Deployers (work on PaaS/IaaS layer!), SaaS Maintainer, SaaS *Anyone*

Scalability

For an as-a-Service layer, scalability is the ability of the layer to sustain increasing workloads while fulfilling its SLA, potentially by exploiting a higher quantity of lower layer services.

For the SaaS layer, scalability is the ability of the software to sustain increasing workloads while fulfilling its SLA, potentially by exploiting a higher quantity of PaaS or IaaS services.

Work

Work is the characterisation of the data to be processed by a certain layer.

Workload

Workload is the combined characterisation of work and load.