Virtualization

VMFlow: Leveraging VM Mobility to Reduce Network Power Costs in Data Centers

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Executive Summary

Networking costs play an important role in the overall costs of a modern data center. Network power, for example, has been estimated at 10-20% of the overall data center power consumption. Traditional power saving techniques in data centers focus on server power reduction through Virtual Machine (VM) migration and server consolidation, without taking into account the network topology and the current network traffic. On the other hand, recent techniques to save network power have not yet utilized the various degrees of freedom that current and future data centers will soon provide.

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