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MultiBox: lightweight containers for vendor-independent multi-cloud deployments

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Publication date21/11/2015
Host publicationEmbracing Global Computing in Emerging Economies: First Workshop, EGC 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan, February 26-28, 2015. Proceedings
EditorsRoss Horne
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319250434
ISBN (Print)9783319250427
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Cloud computing aims to make a large selection of sophisticated technologies available to users for deployment and migration. In reality, once a cloud service provider has been chosen, migration is often a costly and time-consuming process. This paper presents MultiBox, a lightweight container technology that facilitates flexible vendor-independent migration. Our framework allows its users to deploy and migrate almost any application in its normal state with minimal computational and network resource overheads. We show that the performance overhead of deploying within a lightweight container is 4.90% of the resources available to an average VM and downtime during a migration is less than the time needed to scale a server using provider-centric tools.