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Development and management of collective network and cloud computing infrastructures

by Roger Baig Viñas.

PhD dissertation by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Advisor: Leandro Navarro Moldes
Industrial advisor: Ramon Roca i Tió
September, 2019.

In the search and development of more participatory models for infrastructure development and management, in this dissertation, we investigate models for the financing, deployment, and operation of network and cloud computing infrastructures. Our main concern is to overcome the inherent exclusion in participation in the processes of development and management and in the right of use in the current dominant models. Our work starts by studying in detail the model of, a successful bottom-up initiative for building network infrastructure, generally referred to as community networks. We pay special attention to its governance system and economic organisation because we argue that these are the key components of the success of this initiative. Then, we generalise our findings for any community network, aiming at becoming sustainable and scalable, and we explore the suitability of the model to the cloud computing infrastructure. As a result of both, we coin the attribute extensible to refer to infrastructure that is relatively easy to expand and maintain in contrast to those naturally limited or hard to expand, such as natural resources or highly complex or advanced artificial systems. We conclude proposing a generic model which, in our opinion, is suitable, at least, for managing extensible infrastructure. The model is deeply rooted in the commons; thus, the research in this field, in general, and Elinor Ostrom’s work, in particular, have left a profound imprint in our work. Our results show that the model meets almost entirely the principles of long-enduring commons identified by E. Ostrom.
This work has been developed as an industrial doctorate. As such, it combines academic research with elements of practice and pursues an effective knowledge transfer between academia and the private sector. Given that the private sector’s partner is a not-for-profit organisation, the effort to create social value has prevailed over the ambition to advance the development of a specific industrial product or particular technology.

Keywords: Collective infrastructure,, Community networks, Cloud commons, Shared infrastructure, Infrastructure as commons, Infrastructure deployment, Infrastructure management.

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