Abstract Agriculture is a major source of income for our countries economy as their role in converting surplus to deficit
Agriculture is a major source of income for our countries economy as their role in converting surplus to deficit. Due to the effect of globalization and advancement in technology the business environments are highly dynamic and people need to access information easily in their pre-configured devices. To answer this fast access need of a customer it is difficult for existing unintegrated organization that gives services to the sector. The current agricultural sector in Ethiopia has many redundancies, limited service deliveries, has no advantages of cost from the technology’s point of view even from the farming community.
To solve the existing problem in the agricultural industry we have proposed to design cloud-based framework that delivers agriculture as a service which manages various types of agriculture-related data based on different domains and to minimize the technological costs through interview and literature review on cloud computing as the research methodology. The result obtained from the interview shows that no single agricultural service in Ethiopia can afford enough access channel to serve their customers mainly farming community.
The proposed framework is based on public cloud deployment model because of its suitability for the sector since the data under sectors has no more sensitive, offering the ability to scale up and down on demand and has cost advantage over the private cloud. The framework also uses SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS service delivery model. In SaaS, the user interface is designed in which users can interact with the system. Aneka is a.NET-based application development PaaS, which is used as a scalable cloud middleware to make the interaction between cloud subsystem and user subsystem, In IaaS, resource manager manages the resource based on the identified QoS requirements of a particular request. Finally, the prototype of the designed framework has been developed using ASP.net architecture to show the validity of the framework.
Keyword: Cloud computing, agriculture sector, Agro_Info