Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Policy-aware Switching Layer for Data Centers

The problem is that data centers contain a large number of middleboxes (firewalls, load balancers) and configuring it (order and when they need to be used) is hard.
The paper presents a switching layer enabling policies to be deployed for which middleboxes to be used and in which order, making configuration much easier.

I liked the paper and think it may be influential in 10 years because I think this type of enhancement would really improve the current state of on-path design.

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