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Steady state VM-management in data centers should be network-aware so that VM migrations do not degrade network performance of other flows in the network, and if required, a VM migration can be intelligently orchestrated to decongest a network hotspot. Recent research in network-aware management of VMs has focused mainly on an optimal network-aware initial placement of VMs and has largely ignored steady state management. In this paper, the authors present the design and implementation of Remedy. Remedy ranks target hosts for a VM migration based on the associated cost of migration, available bandwidth for migration and the network bandwidth balance achieved by a migration. It models the cost of migration in terms of additional network traffic generated during migration.
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