A Tenant Network Provisioning Platform with Provisioning Template for Multi-Tenancy Data Centers

Yoji OZAWA  Yoshiko YASUDA  Yosuke HIMURA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B   No.12   pp.2658-2667
Publication Date: 2014/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.2658
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Technologies and Architectures for Improving Scalability, Reliability, and Robustness for Future Information Networks)
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Keyword: 
network provisioning,  multi-tenancy data center,  template,  network management,  

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Summary: 
Tenant network provisioning in multi-tenancy data centers is time-consuming and error-prone due to the need to configure network devices with hundreds of parameter values (e.g., VLAN ID, IP address) determined according to complicated operational rules. Past works have aimed to automate such operational rule-based provisioning processes by implementing data center-specific provisioning programs, but a crucial problem is the high cost of adapting the programs to suit multiple data centers. In this paper, we aim to solve this problem by enabling to describe the provisioning processing, which has been hard-coded programs in conventional approaches, in easy-to-edit “provisioning template” files. The key component of the provisioning template is the parameter decision rule, which is a declarative abstract representation of parameter dependency and parameter assignment. We design the provisioning template so that it can handle various configuration items while preserving its editability for tenant provisioning. We design and implement the provisioning platform, and the evaluation based on a production data center shows that the provisioning platform can adopt multiple data centers with a single program, leading to less development cost compared to past approaches (i.e., program development for each data center).