Creating virtualized pools of resources relies on integration of computing and networking virtualization technologies. The main objectives of the BEACON project are to research and develop techniques to federate cloud network resources, and to derive the integrated management cloud layer that enables an efficient and secure deployment of federated cloud applications.
BEACON will deliver a homogeneous virtualization layer on top of heterogenous underlying physical networks, computing and storage infrastructures, enabling automated federation of applications across different clouds and datacenters.
The research and development activities of the BEACON solution are based on existing open source projects OpenDayLight, OpenDOVE, OpenNebula and OpenStack. Each of these open source projects already have significant user communities.
This paradigm improves the competitiveness of SME in IT, data centers and cloud providers because it can increase their computing and storage capacity on an on-demand basis at a reduced cost.
The targeted users of BEACON technology are cloud service providers, cloud service consumers and tool developers for cloud infrastructures.
BEACON technology eases the implementation and incorporation of HA (High Availability) techniques, especially for SMEs. BEACON also allows SMEs to secure deployments thanks to firewall templating, authentication and vulnerability scanning.