Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology that, in the event of a cloud network failure, enables even non-experts to identify the impact of that failure on virtual systems - within 10 seconds. Up until now, when there were network failures, networking experts worked with server administrators as they needed to investigate the relationship between virtual systems and physical networks.
Fujitsu says its new technology identifies in seconds the impact a network failure has on a virtual system. It does this by automatically generating data from communications pathways between physical servers as well as combined data from virtual servers produced by communications, and then analyzing the relationship between the virtual system and physical network communications pathways based on relationships, such as whether each virtual server resides in a respective physical server.
The technology generates data on the communications pathways between virtual servers and the communications pathways between physical servers, data that previously had not been managed, as well as data on the communications pathways between virtual servers. By analyzing based on relationships, namely does each virtual server reside in its respective physical server, the technology can automate the communications pathway matching between virtual servers and physical networks.
When redundancy is used for physical networks to improve reliability, in addition to the network communications pathway data of physical networks, the technology is able to manage data on the conditions of the active pathways normally used as well as reserve pathways. In this way, a determination of impact is limited to only when network failures are affecting active communications pathways when a failure occurs, and identified only with real impact on communications between servers.
As a result, cloud administrators will no longer need to survey relationships, but can identify the impact of a network failure and swiftly report to virtual system users. In addition, even those with no technical network expertise can easily identify failure impact on virtual systems, making possible more efficient operations.
Fujitsu aims to include it in Fujitsu products within fiscal 2015.