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Cells: a Self-hosting Virtual Infrastructure Service

Coles, Alistair; Deliot, Eric; Edwards, Aled; Fischer, Anna; Goldsack, Patrick; Guijarro, Julio; Hawkes, Rycharde; Kirschnick, Johannes; Loughran, Steve; Murray, Paul; Wilcock, Lawrence

HP Laboratories


Keyword(s): cloud computing; infrastructure as a service

Abstract: We describe the design and implementation of Cells, a novel multi-tenanted virtual infrastructure service. Cells has the unique property of being self-hosting: it operates its own management system within one of the tenant virtual infrastructures that it manages and therefore benefits from the same security, flexibility and scalability as other tenant services. Cells is also differentiated by its declarative interface for infrastructure configuration, and its fine-grained control of network and storage connections within and between tenant infrastructures.

8 Pages

Additional Publication Information: Published in UCC 2012: 5th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing.

External Posting Date: February 6, 2013 [Fulltext]. Approved for External Publication
Internal Posting Date: February 6, 2013 [Fulltext]

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