Integrated Blockchain and Cloud Computing Systems: A Systematic Survey, Solutions, and Challenges

Jinglin Zou, Debiao He, Sherali Zeadally, Neeraj Kumar, Huaqun Wang, Kkwang Raymond Choo

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Abstract

Cloud computing is a network model of on-demand access for sharing configurable computing resource pools. Compared with conventional service architectures, cloud computing introduces new security challenges in secure service management and control, privacy protection, data integrity protection in distributed databases, data backup, and synchronization. Blockchain can be leveraged to address these challenges, partly due to the underlying characteristics such as transparency, traceability, decentralization, security, immutability, and automation. We present a comprehensive survey of how blockchain is applied to provide security services in the cloud computing model and we analyze the research trends of blockchain-related techniques in current cloud computing models. During the reviewing, we also briefly investigate how cloud computing can affect blockchain, especially about the performance improvements that cloud computing can provide for the blockchain. Our contributions include the following: (i) summarizing the possible architectures and models of the integration of blockchain and cloud computing and the roles of cloud computing in blockchain; (ii) classifying and discussing recent, relevant works based on different blockchain-based security services in the cloud computing model; (iii) simply investigating what improvements cloud computing can provide for the blockchain; (iv) introducing the current development status of the industry/major cloud providers in the direction of combining cloud and blockchain; (v) analyzing the main barriers and challenges of integrated blockchain and cloud computing systems; and (vi) providing recommendations for future research and improvement on the integration of blockchain and cloud systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number160
JournalACM Computing Surveys
Volume54
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022

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Keywords

  • Blockchain
  • cloud computing
  • security service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science

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