Rethinking networking abstractions for cloud tenants

TitleRethinking networking abstractions for cloud tenants
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsMcClure, S., Ratnasamy S., Bansal D., & Padhye J.
Published inHotOS '21: Proceedings of the Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems
Date Published06/2021

We argue that network virtualization as experienced by many cloud tenants is overly complex and needs to be rethought. We propose that the goal for a new design should be to free cloud tenants entirely from having to build and operate virtual networks. Building on this philosophy, we propose that instead of low-level building blocks (virtual links, routers, firewalls), cloud networking should be exposed to tenants in a declarative and endpoint-centric manner.