BEACON - Enabling Federated Cloud Networking

What user need or pain point is your project addressing?

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.

Project's major results: 
Cloud federation enables cloud providers to collaborate and share their resources to create a large virtual pool of resources at multiple network locations. Different types of federation architectures for clouds and datacenters have been proposed and implemented (e.g. cloud bursting, cloud brokering or cloud aggregation) with different level of resource coupling and interoperation among the cloud resources, from loosely coupled, typically involving different administrative and legal domains, to tightly coupled federation, usually spanning multiple datacenters within an organization. In both situations, an effective, agile and secure federation of cloud networking resources is key to impact the deployment of federated applications.
The main goal of this project is to define and implement a federated cloud network framework that enables the provision of federated cloud infrastructures, with special emphasis on intercloud networking and security issues, to support the automated deployment of applications and services across different clouds and datacenters. One of the key points of this project is that it is fully driven by real industry uses cases proposed by different cloud actors, such as cloud providers, cloud technology developers, and clouduser companies and institutions, that are represented by the different partners of the project consortium.

Target stakeholders: 

Open Source developers, Research institutions.

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How will your solution/service benefit the end-user?

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.

Potential exploitation strategy: 

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 (, OpenNebula ( and Open Virtual Network for Open vSwitch (OVN,

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