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Intercloud Architecture and Technologies

  • Sample Chapter is provided courtesy of Cisco Press.
  • Date: Sep 26, 2016.

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Intercloud: Solving Interoperability and Communication in a Cloud of Clouds, authors Jazib Frahim, Venkata Josyula, Monique Morrow, and Ken Owens explore how cloud providers have set up data centers at many locations to service their customers. For example, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, and others have established data centers for hosting cloud application services such as social networking, gaming portals, and business applications. In many of these social networks, the service components run in separate virtual machines that may be hosted in data centers owned by different cloud computing providers. In order to link the services provided by different providers at different locations around the world and to provide quality service to a consumer, it is necessary to build an Intercloud to bring the services together. This chapter details Intercloud architecture mode, Intercloud use cases, and Intercloud deploy.


In the first chapter of this book we took an in-depth look at where we’ve been and what the current marketplace has to offer in terms of services from cloud. We explored the evolution of compute, IT service architectures and models, network and server virtualization, and the evolution of cloud computing to the Intercloud. In this chapter we looked in detail at the architecture of the Intercloud and the components that make up the Intercloud. The next chapter takes a deeper look into the Intercloud IT management strategy.

This chapter provided an overview of the architecture and technologies that are integral to the Intercloud. The Intercloud architecture is composed of the cloud platform and underlying infrastructure, cloud services and value-added products, application enablement platform as a service, cloud OSS/BSS, and Marketplace. The architecture is defined holistically in this chapter, and the chapters that follow will further develop the components and business requirements of the various layers of the Intercloud.

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