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A performance study of live VM migration technologies: VMotion vs XenMotion
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Paper Abstract

Due to the growing demand of flexible resource management for cloud computing services, researches on live virtual machine migration have attained more and more attention. Live migration of virtual machine across different hosts has been a powerful tool to facilitate system maintenance, load balancing, fault tolerance and so on. In this paper, we use a measurement-based approach to compare the performance of two major live migration technologies under certain network conditions, i.e., VMotion and XenMotion. The results show that VMotion generates much less data transferred than XenMotion when migrating identical VMs. However, in network with moderate packet loss and delay, which are typical in a VPN (virtual private network) scenario used to connect the data centers, XenMotion outperforms VMotion in total migration time. We hope that this study can be helpful in choosing suitable virtualization environments for data center administrators and optimizing existing live migration mechanisms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8310, Network Architectures, Management, and Applications IX, 83101B (15 December 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.905512
Show Author Affiliations
Xiujie Feng, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. (China)
Jianxiong Tang, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. (China)
Xuan Luo, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. (China)
Yaohui Jin, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8310:
Network Architectures, Management, and Applications IX

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