Networking

Control Plane Integration for Cloud Services

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Executive Summary

This paper addresses the problem of control plane integration for management and control of cloud services. Unlike data plane integration, which ensures that services can exchange data during operation, control plane integration ensures proper configuration of services before their use. Examples of control plane integration include creating user accounts or establishing profiles in multiple services to allow them to work together during operation. The heterogeneity of service interfaces in the control plane arises from the different ways in which services are implemented and the different requirements they have for their use. Control plane integration is often needed for service bundling and ad-hoc compositions across services, such as for promotional campaigns that must be developed and deployed rapidly.

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