A virtual data center (VDC) is a combination of interconnected virtual servers hosted on a physical data center that hosts multiple such VDCs. This enables efficient sharing of the data center’s resources while handling dynamic resource requirements of the clients. The SecondNet architecture (Guo et al. in Proceedings of ACMSIGCOMM conference on data communication, Barcelona, pp 63–74, 2009) realizes this VDC concept and includes a centralized VDC resource-mapping (virtual to physical) algorithm. Fault tolerance is an important requirement in data center-based services, in order to increase reliability and availability. In this paper, we propose a fault tolerance mechanism to handle server failures by efficiently migrating the virtual machines (VMs) hosted on the failed server to a new location. Using our mechanism, it is shown that recovery from all the faults is possible, even for a server utilization of 90 %. In order to reduce the impact of server failures on the VDCs hosted in the data center, we then present a new load balancing scheme based on clustering that efficiently allocates the VDCs on the data center. Using this scheme, we were able to reduce the affected number of VMs per server failure by 63 %, in case of a BCube network of size 625 nodes, and by 86 %, in case of a BCube network of size 1,296 nodes.
Photonic Network Communications – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 21, 2014
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