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Design of a Fault Tolerant Architecture for Private Cloud Computing Infrastructure


  • K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai – 400077, Maharashtra, India
  • Computer Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai – 400085, Maharashtra, India


Objectives: Cloud computing has emerged as a cost-effective technology providing services to business-enterprise and IT industry. In this paper, we discuss a novel fault-tolerant scheme from an administration point of view that corresponds to implementation of Redundant Array of Independent Nodes (RAIN) model based architecture for ensuring fault-tolerance in a private cloud infrastructure setup. Methods: After exploring various combinations of Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) and Logical Volume Manager (LVM) techniques, we propose a novel idea of having a fault-tolerant architecture for cloud infrastructure. Findings: As an alternative to the existing cloud fault-tolerant techniques which use expensive and specialized shared storage system, local server disk pool will be used for storing VM images. This architecture provides a robust infrastructure built over Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) targets and software RAID. Application: This RAIN based model can be deployed over the existing cloud infrastructure. This storage model can be used by cloud toolkits to provide fault tolerant backend for storage.


Cloud Computing, Fault-Tolerance, iSCSI Target, RAID, Virtualization.

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