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The Impact of Time of Use (ToU)-Awareness in Energy and Opex Performance of a Cloud Backbone

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Executive Summary

Cloud computing is becoming a leading edge business model by migrating the resources such as software, storage and platform to remote locations in the Internet cloud. Data centers, as the main hosts of these cloud services, receive massive amount of demands and transmit services towards Internet routers, consequently consuming enormous bandwidth in the downstream. Due to high computing power, as well as the cooling power, data centers contribute to a significant amount of the power consumption and the Operational expenditures (Opex) of the data center operator. In the Internet backbone where the services are transported between the users and the data centers, IP routers make the dominating portion of the power consumption and Opex associated with the network operator.

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