Date Added: Jun 2009
Resource management is a key challenge that service providers must adequately face in order to accomplish their business goals. This paper introduces a framework, the Semantically Enhanced Resource Allocator (SERA), aimed to facilitate service provider management, reducing costs and at the same time fulfilling the QoS agreed with the customers. The SERA assigns resources depending on the information given by the service providers according to its business goals and on the resource requirements of the tasks. Tasks and resources are semantically described and these descriptions are used to infer the resource assignments. Virtualization is used to provide an application specific and isolated virtual environment for each task.