Orchestrating virtual slices in data centre infrastructures with optical DCN

Albert Pagès*, Fernando Agraz, Rafael Montero, Giada Landi, Marco Capitani, Domenico Gallico, Matteo Biancani, Reza Nejabati, Dimitra Simeonidou, Salvatore Spadaro

*Corresponding author for this work

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The emergence of new paradigms and services is pushing the limits of nowadays cloud infrastructures. It is a fact that current solutions lack in the flexibility and configurability to adapt to heterogeneous requirements coming from the applications/services to be supported over them. This results most of the time in severe underutilization of the underlying physical substrate. In light of this, newer approaches on resource provisioning and infrastructure management are needed. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) paradigm is proposed as a solution to overcome these limitations. Thanks to IaaS, the physical infrastructure is partitioned onto virtual slices, encompassing heterogeneous resources (e.g. network, computing). Such a concept is expected to be harnessed by future data center (DC) infrastructures in order to cope efficiently with multi-tenancy as well as heterogeneous application requirements. However, current DC networks (DCNs) impose sever limitations onto traffic handling to fully exploit this vision. In light of this, optical technologies are seen as prime candidates for realizing the high performance network fabrics that future DC architectures will need. Under such an umbrella, it becomes primordial to develop specific provisioning solutions that account for the particularities of the optical medium, while providing the means to efficiently slice the DC infrastructure. With all of these in mind, in this article we present a solution for orchestrating and controlling virtual slices in a DC scenario with optical intra-DCN, with the scope of optimizing the underlying physical infrastructure utilization. The benefits of the presented solution are demonstrated against legacy architectures through exhaustive experiments and simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-49
Number of pages14
JournalOptical Fiber Technology
Early online date1 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • Data centers
  • Optical networks
  • Resource orchestration
  • Slicing
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Virtualization

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