Network and server resource management strategies for data centre infrastructures: A survey

Tso, F. P., Jouet, S. and Pezaros, D. P. (2016) Network and server resource management strategies for data centre infrastructures: A survey. Computer Networks, 106, pp. 209-225. (doi:10.1016/j.comnet.2016.07.002)

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Abstract

The advent of virtualisation and the increasing demand for outsourced, elastic compute charged on a pay-as-you-use basis has stimulated the development of large-scale Cloud Data Centres (DCs) housing tens of thousands of computer clusters. Of the significant capital outlay required for building and operating such infrastructures, server and network equipment account for 45 and 15% of the total cost, respectively, making resource utilisation efficiency paramount in order to increase the operators’ Return-on-Investment (RoI). In this paper, we present an extensive survey on the management of server and network resources over virtualised Cloud DC infrastructures, highlighting key concepts and results, and critically discussing their limitations and implications for future research opportunities. We highlight the need for and benefits of adaptive resource provisioning that alleviates reliance on static utilisation prediction models and exploits direct measurement of resource utilisation on servers and network nodes. Coupling such distributed measurement with logically centralised Software Defined Networking (SDN) principles, we subsequently discuss the challenges and opportunities for converged resource management over converged ICT environments, through unifying control loops to globally orchestrate adaptive and load-sensitive resource provisioning.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tso, Dr Fung Po and Pezaros, Dr Dimitrios and Jouet, Mr Simon
Authors: Tso, F. P., Jouet, S., and Pezaros, D. P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Computer Networks
Publisher:Elsevier Science
ISSN:1389-1286
ISSN (Online):1872-7069
Published Online:05 July 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Computer Networks 106:209-225
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
709131Network Measurement as a Service (MaaS)Dimitrios PezarosEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/N033957/1COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE
643481A Situation-aware information infrastructureDimitrios PezarosEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/L026015/1COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE
608831IMC2: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control for the CloudDimitrios PezarosEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/L005255/1COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE