Automating Configuration Management and Deployment in Large-scale Data Centers Augmented with Edge Data Centers - Year two

Data centers are now growing and expanding massively. They are large scale and heterogeneous. In addition, they rely more and more on emerging technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with “network softwarization” as their key feature. Moreover, they are now being augmented with edge data centers rooted in concepts such as cloudlets, ETSI Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), and fog computing. Such data centers bring a host of new challenges when it comes to the automation of configuration management and deployment. For instance, edge data centers can be mobile. This mobility may cause unpredictable network topology changes and migration of the hosted applications to hardware with different configuration requirements. Accordingly, operators must implement increasingly sophisticated network policies that have to be translated into low-level configuration commands and adjusted to the changes in the network condition. In addition, some applications may have location constraints on some of their components for legislative reasons. Due to this mobility, the mapping of application components to the infrastructure might dissatisfy such constraints. Traditionally, these tasks are done manually. However, this process is tedious, costly, and does not scale. TO BE CONT'D

Carla Mouradian
Faculty Supervisor: 
Roch Glitho
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