BEACON - Enabling Federated Cloud Networking
The main users of the BEACON project are organisations that manage IT infrastructures and wish to introduce network virtualisation technologies into their IT infrastructure. The BEACON project aims to integrate network virtualisation and service function chaining into Cloud middleware. The project will integrate the OpenDaylight open source project with the OpenNebula and OpenStack cloud middleware. OpenDaylight is an open platform for network programmability to enable software defined networking (SDN) and create a solid foundation for network function virtualisation for networks at any size and scale.
Open Source developers, Research institutions.
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BEACON will allow users to provision customisable virtualised networks for their cloud applications. Today an IP network is difficult to customise to the specific needs of an application. With virtualised networks, application specific requirements can be passed to the virtualised network to select the network policies that meets the needs of the application. Applications will be able to select which network services, such as firewalls or deep packet inspection, they wish to use. These network functions will run on commodity servers at the edge of the network.
Research results of the BEACON project will be available as open source. The more mature results will be contributed to existing open source software: OpenStack (https://www.openstack.org/), OpenNebula (opennebula.org/) and Open Virtual Network for Open vSwitch (OVN, https://github.com/openvswitch/ovs/tree/master/ovn).