Network Expansion in OpenStack Cloud Federations

Maël Kimmerlin, Peer Hasselmeyer, Seppo Heikkilä, Max Plauth, Pawel Parol, Pasi Sarolahti


Cloud federation is receiving increasing attention due to the benefits of resilience and locality it brings to cloud providers and users. Our analysis of three diverse use cases shows that existing solutions are not addressing the federation needs of such use case applications. In this paper, we present an alternative approach to network federation, providing a model based on cloud-to-cloud agreements. In our scenarios, companies hosting their own OpenStack clouds need to run machines transparently in another cloud, provided by a company they have an agreement with. Our solution provides multiple benefits to cloud providers and users detailed in this paper. Our implementation outperforms the VPNaaS solution in OpenStack in terms of throughput.

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