LISA 2001 Abstract
Automating Infrastructure Composition for Internet Services
Todd Poynor, Hewlett Packard Laboratories
This paper describes a framework for automatically configuring
relationships that tie together the software and hardware
infrastructure components for an Internet-based service, which we also
call "composing" the service infrastructure. Management and
infrastructure software employ the framework to specify, discover, and
react to changes in the infrastructure components participating in the
service, automatically configuring cross-component relationships based
on this information. This plays a key role in increasing the
flexibility of a highly dynamic service infrastructure by reducing
manual configuration required to redeploy resources. The framework
also facilitates enterprises distributed across multiple autonomous
administrative domains by automating chores required to tie resources
distributed among the domains together into a cohesive service. We
advocate extending existing service discovery protocols to distribute
the information needed by the framework and suggest this as an area
for future standardization.
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