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System and Method for Elastic Containerization of Software Defined Control Plane for a Software as a Service (SaaS) Offering

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240513D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 63K

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Disclosed are a system and method for an adaptive, progressive, and elastic containerization of the control plane for a seamless migration and integration into the multi-tenant control plane hosted on the cloud in Software as a Service (SaaS) paradigm.

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System and Method for Elastic Containerization of Software Defined Control Plane for a Software as a Service (SaaS) Offering

Emergence and adoption of cloud computing have become widely prevalent given the value proposition it brings to an enterprise in terms of agility and cost effectiveness. Private, public, and hybrid are the three distinct categories of delivery and deployment models in this domain. Private cloud models offer a distinct and dedicated environment for an enterprise whereas public cloud model offers a slice of a multi-tenant computing system. Hybrid cloud model allows an enterprise to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness of public cloud without exposing mission-critical applications and data to public cloud providers. In such a heterogeneous and complex setup, integrated systems management is essential in providing operational efficiency and optimized application performance. Newer advances in container-based virtualization simplify the deployment of applications while isolating said applications from one another in multi-tenant fashion.

The proposed system provides a novel approach in hosting the systems management platform (a.k.a. control plane) in the cloud offered to enterprises in Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Applications are hosted across distributed data planes in private, public and hybrid cloud environments. The Control Plane can be completely detached from the data plane and hosted in the cloud. Security, performance, and agility have been some of the roadblocks in the way of adoption of such paradigm.

The novel system and method propose an adaptive, progressive, and elastic containerization of the control plane for a seamless migration and integration into the multi-tenant control plane hosted on the cloud in a Software as a Service (SaaS) paradigm. In the event of a performance bottleneck, components of the control plane can be detached from SaaS platform and migrated back to an on-premise environment.

Since the control plane can be logically detached from the data plane, it can be hosted either on-premise in a private cloud or on a public cloud in the SaaS paradigm. The proposed system packages the control plane components in container(s) and then optimizes by analyzing the interaction pattern across containers. Subsequently, optimized sets of containers constituting the control plane can be progressively migrated to a cloud-based SaaS platform. A container-based multi-tenant control plane can be further optimized to achieve effective service delivery for a service provider....