Abstract

New and emerging Internet applications are increasingly becoming high-performance and network-based, relying on optical network and cloud computing services. Due to the accelerated evolution of these applications, the flexibility and efficiency of the underlying optical network infrastructure as well as the cloud computing infrastructure [i.e., data centers (DCs)] become more and more crucial. In order to achieve the required flexibility and efficiency, coordinated provisioning of DCs and optical network interconnecting DCs is essential. In this paper, we address the role of high-performance dynamic optical networks in cloud computing environments. A DC as a service architecture for future cloud computing is proposed. Central to the proposed architecture is the coordinated virtualization of optical network and IT resources of distributed DCs, enabling the composition of virtual infrastructures (VIs). During the composition process of the multiple coexisting but isolated VIs, the unique characteristics of optical networks (e.g., optical layer constraints and impairments) are addressed and taken into account. The proposed VI composition algorithms are evaluated over various network topologies and scenarios. The results provide a set of guidelines for the optical network and DC infrastructure providers to be able to effectively and optimally provision VI services to users and satisfy their requirements.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

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