Within the SENDATE Secure-DCI project, an architecture for next-generation distributed data centers based on optical technologies in conjunction with virtualized network functions and software defined network orchestration will be developed allowing a flexible and secure provisioning of compute, storage and networking resources to tenants and applications at scale.
Large Data Centers (DCs) are forming the most important control centers for communication and cloud-based services on the Internet. Within DCs, business as well as private data is stored, processed, and forwarded.
Although current DCs have a huge computing power, massive storage capacities, and an enormous performance based on centrally stored data, they are located far away from the customer, use the network only for transport, and are mostly owned by non-European companies. This leads to low flexibility, long delays to customers, and security concerns.
New application scenarios in our digital society such as Industrial Internet, mobile connected objects, Internet of Things, health applications, and especially 5G lead to a huge number of end devices and an enormous increase of traffic volume. The high demands on security, location awareness, service guarantees, flexibility, and latency require a convergence of telecommunication networks and IT as well as distributed data centers, which are placed close to the customers. The forthcoming integration of many smaller distributed data centers into a flexible, powerful ensemble represents an ideal network infrastructure to solve today's problems with latency, the data traffic volume and data sovereignty.