An Analysis of Container-based Platforms for NFV
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NFVRG                                                      S. Natarajan
Internet Draft                                    Deutsche Telekom Inc.
Category: Informational                                     R. Krishnan
Expires March 2016                                          A. Ghanwani
                                                                   Dell
                                                        D. Krishnaswamy
                                                           IBM Research
                                                              P. Willis
                                                                     BT

Expires: March 2016                                     October 1, 2015

             An Analysis of Container-based Platforms for NFV

               draft-natarajan-nfvrg-containers-for-nfv-00

Abstract

   With the technology advancements in the field of containers, they
   are considered a potential alternative to virtual machine based
   implementations. In the area of cloud applications, there are
   comprehensive studies and early implementations of container based
   platforms. This draft describes some of the challenges of using
   virtual machines for NFV workloads and how containers can
   potentially address these challenges.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction...................................................3
   2. Challenges in Virtual Machine Implementations..................3
      2.1. Performance (SLA).........................................3
         2.1.1. Challenges...........................................3
      2.2. Continuity/ Elasticity/ Portability.......................4
         2.2.1. Challenges:..........................................4
      2.3. Security..................................................5
         2.3.1. Challenges...........................................5
      2.4. Management................................................6
         2.4.1. Challenges...........................................7
   3. Benefits of Containers.........................................7
   4. Challenges with Containers and potential solutions.............8
   5. Conclusion.....................................................9
   6. Future Work....................................................9
   7. IANA Considerations............................................9
   8. Security Considerations........................................9
   9. Contributors..................................................10
   10. Acknowledgements.............................................10
   11. References...................................................10
      11.1. Normative References....................................10
      11.2. Informative References..................................10
   Authors' Addresses...............................................11

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1. Introduction

   This draft describes some of the challenges of using virtual
   machines for NFV workloads and how container-based platforms can
   potentially address these challenges. It also suggests future work
   in the area of containers.
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