Title: A scalable network-aware virtual machine allocation strategy in multi-datacentre cloud computing environments

Authors: Marwa A. Abdelaal; Gamal A. Ebrahim; Wagdy R. Anis

Addresses: Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt ' Computer and Systems Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt ' Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Abstract: Virtual machine provisioning in multi-datacentre cloud computing environments is a challenging problem. However, most current virtual machine management strategies ignore their effect on cloud network. In this paper, a scalable network-aware resource allocation strategy is proposed that dynamically allocates virtual machines in cloud computing environments while minimising the overall cost. It is mainly utilised at the cloud service provider that has a large number of datacentres. Several important parameters have been taken into consideration that are mainly ignored in previous related studies. Additionally, software-defined network (SDN) has been adopted in the proposed strategy. Simulation studies have been conducted to evaluate the performance of the proposed strategy. Simulation results show a reduction in the utilisation in the valuable upper-layer links in datacentres that resulted mainly because of favouring lower-cost links during virtual machine allocation process. Additionally, the proposed strategy is able to cope with the dynamic nature of the allocation process.

Keywords: cloud computing; multi-datacentre; software-defined network; SDN; virtual machine allocation; cloud service provider.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCC.2019.10021226

International Journal of Cloud Computing, 2019 Vol.8 No.2, pp.183 - 206

Accepted: 14 Sep 2018
Published online: 10 May 2019 *

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