Towards Sustainable IaaS Pricing


In this paper we argue that the predominant flat rate billing in conjunction with the practice of overbooking and its associated mismatch between actual costs and billed posts results in a substantial misalignment between the interests of providers and customers that stands in the way of trustworthy and sustainable cloud computing. On these grounds, we propose a hybrid IaaS pricing model that aims to avoid these problems in a non-technical fashion by shifting to consumption based billing on top of credible minimum performance.

Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services. Springer International Publishing 2013. 173-184