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Demchenko Y.,University of Amsterdam | Ham J.V.D.,University of Amsterdam | Ngo C.,University of Amsterdam | Matselyukh T.,Opt Net BV | And 3 more authors.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom | Year: 2013

This paper presents the concept of Open Cloud eXchange (OCX) that has been proposed to bridge the gap between two major components of the cloud services provisioning infrastructure: Cloud Service Provider (CSP) infrastructure, and cloud services delivery infrastructure which in many cases requires dedicated local infrastructure and quality of services that cannot be delivered by the public Internet infrastructure. In both cases there is a need for interconnecting the CSP infrastructure and local access network infrastructure, in particular, to solve the "last mile" problem in delivering cloud services to customer locations and individual (end-)users. The OCX remains neutral to actual cloud services provisioning and limit its services to Layer 0 through Layer 2 to remain transparent to current cloud services model. The proposed document identifies the initial set of requirements to OCX, that can be run by NRENs, as a part of the GÉANT network, or jointly, and provides suggestions about OCX implementation. The proposed OCX concept will leverage the existing Internet eXchange (IX) and GLIF Open Light path Exchange (GOLE) solutions and practices, adding specific functionality that will simplify inter-CSP and customer infrastructure integration when supporting basic cloud services provisioning models, in particular Trusted Third Party (TTP) services to allow federated infrastructure and access control, commonly used by NRENs. The paper also describes trusted/secured topology exchange protocol and dynamic trust establishment protocol as a part of the OCX services. © 2013 IEEE. Source


Fajardo J.O.,University of the Basque Country | Liberal F.,University of the Basque Country | Giannoulakis I.,Greek National Center For Scientific Research | Kafetzakis E.,Ioulianou | And 10 more authors.
Mobile Networks and Applications | Year: 2016

Current trends in broadband mobile networks are addressed towards the placement of different capabilities at the edge of the mobile network in a centralised way. On one hand, the split of the eNB between baseband processing units and remote radio headers makes it possible to process some of the protocols in centralised premises, likely with virtualised resources. On the other hand, mobile edge computing makes use of processing and storage capabilities close to the air interface in order to deploy optimised services with minimum delay. The confluence of both trends is a hot topic in the definition of future 5G networks. The full centralisation of both technologies in cloud data centres imposes stringent requirements to the fronthaul connections in terms of throughput and latency. Therefore, all those cells with limited network access would not be able to offer these types of services. This paper proposes a solution for these cases, based on the placement of processing and storage capabilities close to the remote units, which is especially well suited for the deployment of clusters of small cells. The proposed cloud-enabled small cells include a highly efficient microserver with a limited set of virtualised resources offered to the cluster of small cells. As a result, a light data centre is created and commonly used for deploying centralised eNB and mobile edge computing functionalities. The paper covers the proposed architecture, with special focus on the integration of both aspects, and possible scenarios of application. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York Source


Katsalis K.,University of Thessaly | Choumas K.,University of Thessaly | Korakis T.,University of Thessaly | Anastasopoulos M.,University of Bristol | And 3 more authors.
2014 IEEE 19th International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling and Design of Communication Links and Networks, CAMAD 2014 | Year: 2014

Undoubtedly, SDN has the potential to fundamentally change the way end-to-end networks are provisioned and designed. By introducing programmability into networking, the handling of network changes and network provisioning via open software interfaces has become a reality; together with the hardware/software virtualization advances in server systems and software platforms, cloud services can now be rapidly deployed and efficiently managed. The CONTENT project is an EU funded effort for network and infrastructure virtualization over heterogeneous, wireless and metro optical networks, that can be used to provide end-to-end cloud services. In this work we present the wireless network virtualization solution, in the light of the CONTENT technical approach, where a convergent LTE/Wi-Fi network is virtualized and interconnected with an optical TSON metro network. We present our approach in designing and implementing converged virtual 802.11 and LTE wireless networks and the corresponding efficient wireless data-plane mechanisms required, in order to satisfy strict QoS requirements. © 2014 IEEE. Source


Demchenko Y.,University of Amsterdam | Ngo C.,University of Amsterdam | De Laat C.,University of Amsterdam | Garcia-Espin J.A.,I2CAT | And 5 more authors.
Proceedings - 27th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2013 | Year: 2013

This paper presents on-going research to develop the Intercloud Architecture Framework (ICAF) that addresses problems in multi-provider multi-domain heterogeneous cloud based infrastructure services and applications integration and interoperability, to allow their on-demand provisioning. The paper refers to existing standards and ongoing standardisation activity in Cloud Computing, in particular, recently published NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA) and ITU-T JCA-Cloud activity. The proposed ICAF defines four complementary components addressing Intercloud integration and interoperability: multi-layer Cloud Services Model that combines commonly adopted cloud service models, such as IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, in one multilayer model with corresponding inter-layer interfaces, Intercloud Control and Management Plane that supports cloud based applications interaction, Intercloud Federation Framework, and Intercloud Operations Framework. The paper briefly describes the Service delivery and lifecycle management as an important ICAF component that provides a basis for consistent management and security of the provisioned on-demand complex cloud based services. The paper describes an implementation of the Intercloud Control and Management Plane in the GEYSERS project to allow optimal provisioning of the combined Network+IT resources in the inter-cloud environment. The proposed architecture is intended to provide an architectural model for developing Intercloud middleware and in this way will facilitate clouds interoperability and integration. © 2013 IEEE. Source


Grammatikou M.,National Technical University of Athens | Marinos C.,National Technical University of Athens | Demchenko Y.,UvA Amsterdam | Lopez D.R.,RedIRIS | And 2 more authors.
Proceedings - 2011 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom 2011 | Year: 2011

Cloud computing has become a common technology for provisioning infrastructure services on-demand. Modern Cloud platforms can provide cloud-based applications, software, deployment platforms, or general infrastructure services that may include both computational and storage resources. However existing Cloud provisioning models are based on proprietary solutions and don't allow the combination of services from different providers and/or user legacy application that usually are present in user home organizations or campus networks. This paper introduces GEMBus (GEANT Multi-domain Bus), a service-oriented middleware platform that allows flexible services composition, and their on-demand provisioning and deployment to create new specialized task-oriented services and applications. GEMBus is built upon state-of-the-art Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technologies and extend them with new functionalities that allow dynamic component services deployment, composition and management. The current paper discusses the general case for integration of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) principles and technologies with the provision and deployment mechanisms of Cloud-based platforms to support on-demand infrastructure services provisioning. It describes the Composable Services Architecture (CSA) that provides a general framework for GEMBus services design and operation. The paper also presents the current GEMBus implementation status and discusses how it can be applied as a general SOA platform for Cloud-based service provisioning. Finally, it discusses the practical use case of the federated network monitoring service that can be used as integration component in creating/building GEMBus based Cloud infrastructure services. © 2011 IEEE. Source

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