The BEACON Value Proposition
BEACON offers better, more efficient and more effective security options for federated cloud environments that can be deployed across platforms. It offers a consistent, platform agnostic solution and allows federated cloud computing to be more widely available, supported by robust security.
BEACON addresses the need to deploy an application in a multi-cloud / cross-cloud environment and presents an holistic view onto the cloud resources. It helps to deploy the cloud application by abstracting -away cloud provider specifics and to integrate separate clouds into a virtual, unique network.
BEACON supports federated cloud network development, solving the issue of profit driven cloud provision.
BEACON allows availability of cross-platform solutions for securing federated cloud. This means that federated cloud services can offer uniformity of service across different cloud providers.
BEACON increases efficiency of running federated cloud services, making them more cost effective and affordable to more business customers / service providers.
The different use cases addressed in BEACON can be mapped to different federation approaches such as peer, hybrid and brokered cloud deployments.
The following figure depicts a hybrid cloud deployment based on OpenNebula cloud bursting drivers. In this case network federation is based on the BEACON Network Manager and OpenNebula vRouters as they can be easily deployed on public clouds.
The following figure depicts a peer cloud deployment based on OpenNebula-to-OpenNebula drivers. In this case network federation is based on the BEACON Network Manager and the BEACON Network Agent, since all peer clouds provide this service.
The following picture depicts a brokered cloud deployment based on the BEACON Broker. In this case network federation is also based on the BEACON Network Manager and the BEACON Network Agent.
By federating separate physical infrastructures , cloud service providers are able to offer customers the ability to select a desired geographical region. BEACON enables federated cloud networking and allows for infrastructure in different regions to be interconnected and supports distributed services, meaning no need for manual configuration.
DevOps for cloud infrastructures
Planning applications that need secure multi-cloud set-ups? Find out how BEACON Framework can support your work and offer flexible and customisable solutions, whether you are working across cloud providers or datacenters.
OpenNebula is a first class citizen in the BEACON framework. This framework is
of interest for the OpenNebula developer community since it enables network federation. It has been presented in several editions of the OpenNebula Conference.
The final phase of development incorporates OpenStack into the platforms
supported by the BEACON Framework. And this work has been presented during the OpenStack Summit in may 2017. BEACON technologies, bridges the gap between
isolated networks from different cloud providers, delivering
management of multi-cloud applications with federated networks. The
ability to create this breed of multi-cloud applications with dynamic
federated networks is unique in today's field of cloud.
SMEs using hybrid clouds
Use the BEACON Framework to manage your hybrid cloud setup, working securely across different cloud providers in a cost-effective way that will strengthen your business.
BEACON offers users of hybrid clouds the network federation facilities required to improve the way in which these different infrastructures are stitched together into one virtual network, so that local and remote resources are able to seamlessly communicate in order to operate together in a way which makes them behave as belonging to the same cloud.
Large private cloud users
The BEACON framework can manage security across large private cloud networks, facilitate cost-effective location-aware elasticity, and streamline security settings. management.
Federated cloud networking offers the ability to virtually connect distributed infrastructure / datacenter / cloud sites into one single entity. This brings the benefits of serving multiple, geographically dispersed offices, High Availability for business critical applications and the ability to ensure servers are in close proximity to the application user.
The BEACON framework enables OpenStack providers to federate networks across datacenters and even Cloud instances, including the opportunity to cloudburst to OpenNebula and Amazon AWS.
The BEACON framework makes the commercial offerings (i.e., enlarged pool of resources for virtual infrastructure rental, support for application auto-scaling across the federation) of OpenStack providers more relevant to a larger customer base and a more heterogeneous set of customers.
By enabling Cloud federation at the SDN infrastructure layer, and by directly enhancing the IaaS middleware, the BEACON framework provides opportunities for a leaner (low-overhead) and more user-transparent networking facilities in OpenStack-based environments.