Infrastructure as a Service

Infrastructure as a Service is a basic and fundamental research area for the ICCLab. By IaaS we refer to the service that provides basic, enabling services such as compute, storage and networking. There are many exemplary current-day IaaS service offerings such as Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud Servers and CloudSigma servers. These services are very much cloud services and adhere to the NIST definition of cloud computing:

1. On-demand self-service
2. Broad network access
3. Resource pooling
4. Rapid elasticity
5. Measured service

These services are implemented using infrastructure management frameworks (IMFs), many of them are developed privately in-house but more and more open source IMFs, for example Rackspace. Rackspace, as does the ICCLab, uses OpenStack to power its IaaS offering. OpenStack is not the only open source IMF. Others include:

IaaS itself is also a wide area filled with interesting research areas and currently the research initiatives of interoperability and dependability are applied to IaaS in the ICCLab.

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