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Towards a Leaner Geo-distributed Cloud Infrastructure

Iyswarya Narayanan, Aman Kansal, Anand Sivasubramaniam, Bhuvan Urgaonkar, and Sriram Govindan


Modern cloud infrastructures are geo-distributed. While geo-distribution offers many advantages, it can increase the total cloud capacity required. For instance, to achieve low latency, geo-distribution forfeits statistical multiplexing of demand that a single data center could benefit from. Geo-distribution also complicates software design due to storage consistency and other issues. On the other hand, geo-distribution offers new opportunities to lower costs such as through eliminating redundancies at individual sites, or through exploiting regional differences in energy prices. We discuss several factors that influence capacity provisioning for a geo-distributed cloud, and quantify latency, availability, and capacity trade-offs that emerge. We describe open research challenges to design geo-distributed software for efficient use of cloud capacity.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published in6th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing (HotCloud 2014)
PublisherUSENIX HotCloud
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