"ClowdNets  are virtualized networks which can be run in parallel on top of a shared physical infrastructure. These CloudNets can have different properties (provide different security/QoS/… guarantees, run different protocols, etc.) and can be managed independently of each other. Moreover, (parts
of) a CloudNet can be migrated dynamically to locations where the service is most useful or most cost efficient (e.g., in terms of energy conservation). Depending on the circumstances and the technology, these migrations can be done live and without interrupting ongoing sessions. Furthermore CloudNets can be reprovisioned during their lifetimes to react to changing requirements or unforeseeable events.
The flexibility of the paradigm and the decoupling of the services from the underlying resource networks has many advantages; for example, it facilitates a more efficient use of the given resources, it promises faster innovations by overcoming the ossification of today's Internet architecture, it simplifies the network management, and it can improve service performance.
Currently, we address the problem of where to embed CloudNet requests, or find algorithms to migrate CloudNets to new locations (e.g., due to user mobility) taking into account the corresponding migration cost. The obtained insights are implemented in a MapReduce cluster to analyze the feasibility on real hardware. In particular the strategy to modify existing CloudNets has proven to be an interesting research question under certain consistency requirements. Moreover, the project has important economic dimensions (e.g., regarding pricing mechanisms)."
|Author||Schaffrath, Gregor and Werle, Christoph and Panagiotis, Papadimitriou and Feldmann, Anja and Bless, Roland and Greenhalgh, Adam and Wundsam, Andreas and Kind, Mario and Maennel, Olaf and Mathy, Laurent|
|Title of Book||VISA 2009 – The First ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Virtualized Infastructure Systems and Architectures|
|Address||New York, NY, USA|
|Organization||ACM / SIGCOMM|
|Abstract||The tussle between reliability and functionality of the Internet is firmly biased on the side of reliability. New enabling technologies fail to achieve traction across the majority of ISPs. We believe that the greatest challenge is not in finding solutions and improvements to the Internet's many problems, but in how to actually deploy those solutions and re-balance the tussle between reliability and functionality. Network virtualization provides a promising approach to enable the co-existence of innovation and reliability. We describe a network virtualization architecture as a technology for enabling Internet innovation. This architecture is motivated from both business and technical perspectives and comprises four main players. In order to gain insight about its viability, we also evaluate some of its components based on experimental results from a prototype implementation.|