ClouDSS: A decision support system for cloud service selection


14th International Conference on the Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services, GECON 2017, Biarritz, France, 19 - 21 September 2017, vol.10537 LNCS, pp.249-261 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 10537 LNCS
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-68066-8_19
  • City: Biarritz
  • Country: France
  • Page Numbers: pp.249-261
  • Keywords: Decision support system, Economics of cloud computing, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Service selection, SME
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Cloud computing brings in significant technical advantages and enables companies, especially small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), to eliminate up-front capital expenditures. This is due to the various benefits it provides, such as pay-as-you-go service model, flexibility of services, and on-demand accessibility. The proliferation of cloud services leads to their wide spread use and calls for comprehensive evaluation approaches in order to be able to choose the most suitable alternatives. To this end, existing studies in the literature generally provide solutions incorporating a single method for making such decisions. Therefore, this study proposes a more comprehensive solution in the form of a decision support system named as ClouDSS which employs various Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) methods with the aim of optimizing cloud service selection decisions. ClouDSS has a default decision model, which can be customized according to enterprise-specific requirements, for evaluating the suitability of cloud services with respect to business needs. After presenting the main components of ClouDSS, the employed cloud service selection process is described in order to highlight the associated tasks, including both objective and subjective evaluation approaches. Furthermore, the applicability of the proposed system is demonstrated through a case study.