Date Added: Jan 2013
Cloud computing promises to provide computing resources to a large number of service applications in an on-demand manner. Traditionally, cloud providers such as Amazon only provide guaranteed allocation for compute and storage resources, and fail to support bandwidth requirements and performance isolation among these applications. To address this limitation, recently, a number of proposals advocate providing both guaranteed server and network resources in the form of Virtual Data Centers (VDCs). This raises the problem of optimally allocating both servers and data center networks to multiple VDCs in order to maximize the total revenue, while minimizing the total energy consumption in the data center.