terena networking conference 2010


Virtual Networks

The session discusses the new paradigm of the Internet of the Future: virtualization. Although virtualization itself is not a new term, applied to the networking world poses a number of challenging requirements and demands.

The first paper in the session describes Manticore II, a framework which introduces the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) paradigm to the European NRENs. The authors claim that IP Network as a Service may be a key enabler of the flexible and stable e-Intrastructure of the future. The second paper reports on the outcomes of the GN3-JRA1-T4 research activity, where potential applications and benefits of network and IT resources' virtualization for the GEANT and NREN comminity is being studied. The paper discusses the layering design, specification of itnerfaces and information flow model of the proposed architecture. The third paper in the session describes the state of the art in the area of virtualization of network and IT resources. A particular focus of this presentation is on European initiatives and projects, mainly FEDERICA, GN3 and GEYSERS.

Presentations in this session
MANTICORE II: IP Network as a Service Pilots at HEAnet, NORDUnet and RedIRIS
Eduard Grasa
Potential uses of Virtualisation for GÉANT and European NRENs
Reza Nejabati
Virtualisation, network slicing, provisioning services
Sergi Figuerola