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The Price Is Right: Towards Location-Independent Costs in Datacenters

Hitesh Ballani, Paolo Costa, Thomas Karagiannis, and Ant Rowstron

Abstract

The performance and cost for tenants in today’s datacenters depends on the location of their virtual machines within the datacenter. However, a tenant’s location is a knob for the provider and is of no interest to the tenant. Hence, this paper argues for location independent tenant costs in datacenters. We show how a change in today’s IaaS offerings, coupled with a simple pricing scheme, can achieve this. We discuss how such a pricing model can be implemented and show that the consequent increase in system throughput can lead to a win-win situation– tenant costs are location independent and lower while provider revenue increases too.

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Publication typeInproceedings
PublisherACM HotNets
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