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EcoMultiCloud: your datacenter, your cloud, your safety

Manage different datacenter deployed everywhere in the world, save energy and boost performances. This is EcoMultiCloud, a hierarchical approach for green workload management in heterogeneous and interconnected data centers's project, funded by Horizon 2020's SME Instrument.

Since Hybrid Cloud seems to be the answer for dynamic or highly changeable workloads, EcoMultiCloud framework is particularly valuable for Organizations that need to achieve a balance between having all IT services on-premises and offloading storage and compute into third-party cloud services. By allowing workloads to migrate between public and private clouds as costs and computing needs change, EcoMultiCloud solution gives businesses higher flexibility and useful deployment options.

The EcoMultiCloud framework also adds a higher level of inter-datacenter workload management to the tools Eco4Cloud has developed to consolidate virtual machines (VMs) onto the fewest number of servers. The Business objectives addressed by EcoMultiCloud are costs reduction, reduction of energy costs, reduction of CO2 emissions, reduction of water usage, QoS enhancements and adherence to SLAs, performance enhancements.

With EcoMultiCloud you can perform workload consolidation on Distributed Data Centers (DCs), which are typically deployed on a geographical scale and are remotely connected through a wide area network. Through the allocation of multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) on the same physical server, the virtualization technology helps to increase the efficiency of DCs. The optimal distribution of applications and Virtual Machines to servers is still an open problem, especially in large and dynamic systems. The problem is even more complex in geographically distributed data centers, whose adoption is rapidly increasing.

EcoMultiCloud performs pre-emptive VM migrations to prevent overload of hardware resources. The maximum utilization thresholds (of CPU, RAM etc.) can be tuned to optimize efficiency and maximize Quality of Service (QoS) at the same time. In particular, the EcoMultiCloud solution can offer the following unique features, in comparison with existing competitors: scalability, modularity and autonomy from a technology perspective; reduction of power consumption and carbon emissions (up to 60%), reduction of energy costs, SLA and Quality of Service Management, load balancing among different sites, inter-DC traffic reduction from a business perspective.

EcoMultiCloud can be used to move workloads between facilities depending on the price of electricity at different sites. Using a "Lift and Shift" approach, EcoMultiCloud allows Organizations to take in-house workload and replicate it in the cloud without any design modification. Workloads can also be displaced between sites to be executed at different times of the day or night. This process is also known as "following the moon". The opportunity for cost savings comes from the possibility of routing jobs when/where the electricity prices are lower. EcoMultiCloud will consider electricity price variations and/or job arrival processes, and will tackle the problem taking into account the spatial and time diversity in dynamic electricity markets. EcoMultiCloud also gives the data center administrators the opportunity of specifying the business goals that are mostly relevant for the specific scenario. EcoMultiCloud proposes a hierarchical framework/architecture for the efficient distribution of the workload on a multi-site scenario (among geographically distributed interconnected DCs). It allows for an integrated and homogeneous management of heterogeneous platforms but at the same time it preserves the autonomy of single sites. Our solution is covered by three international patents protecting the core principles of the architecture.

Summing up, by using the EcoMultiCloud solution, it is possible to achieve: energy savings (power consumption reduced up to 60%); cost savings (thanks to reduced power consumption, reduced cooling requirements, lighter administration burden); reduced carbon footprint (reduction up to 60%, which helps to obtain Energy Savings Certificates); resources optimization.

It's worth to note that these benefits can also be obtained in a hybrid environment, i.e. when datacenter on premises and public cloud are interconnected.

Published Friday, November 24, 2017 7:23 AM by David Marshall
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