Cloud Computing Networking: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovations

CTN Issue: July 2014

This issue of #IEEECTN starts looking at an article that addresses innovation in the area of cloud computing networking. What is driving innovation is not a new invention per-se but an implementation of open interfaces, APIs and breaking up a fully integrated communication system into pieces. It is worth noticing that this approach of modularity and openness has been in recent years a key source of growth and has speed up industry adoption.

Technology-wise, the article covers networking issues in Cloud Computing IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). The authors describe how these issues are addressed with existing technologies; they do it in a clear tutorial-style way including naming of products and companies commercializing the technologies. Then the authors take a step further to describe what they called “innovative” proposals which could be used as more efficient future solutions.

Their proposal that they called a “SDN-based federation” is based on openness and modularity that will bring interoperability and more competition. In their own words “…that will facilitate multivendor networks between enterprise and service provider data centers, helping enterprise customers to choose best-in-class vendors…”

Title and author(s) of the original paper in IEEE Xplore:

Title: Cloud Computing Networking: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovations
Author(s): S. Azodolmolky, P. Wieder, and R. Yahyapour
This paper appears in: IEEE Communications Magazine
Issue Date: July 2013

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