Deployment Management and Topology Discovery of Microservice Applications in the Multicloud Environment


Cloud computing enables the evolution of modern software application design. Applications based on microservice architecture are an example. Meanwhile, multiclouds are widely accepted by enterprise as an infrastructure strategy; however, challenges remain. The autonomous and distributable nature of modern applications, as well as the complexity of multicloud infrastructure, often make universal application deployment management impractical. This phenomenon may further hinder application quality and efficiency. Therefore, deployment resource control and topology discovery in the multicloud infrastructure environment is an intriguing area of cloud computing research. This paper proposes a framework to manage application deployment in the multicloud environment. The framework uses a policy-based deployment control to automatically select and provide deployment resources from the multicloud infrastructure, and it subsequently uses topology discovery to visualize and verify the actual deployment. The proposed framework design is introduced in the paper, and a proof-of-concept prototype is implemented. Experiments in empirical scenarios are conducted. The experimental results indicate that the proposed framework is effective in controlling deployment resources and presenting actual deployment across clouds.

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The authors would like to thank Dr. Xiang Xu for providing valuable feedback on earlier drafts of this paper and constructive suggestions. The authors would also like to thank Dr. Kunyang Fan, Dr. Qianhong Jiang and Dr. Xiaoyong Chen for their kind support and valuable help during this research.

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Wei, H., Rodriguez, J.S. & Garcia, O.NT. Deployment Management and Topology Discovery of Microservice Applications in the Multicloud Environment. J Grid Computing 19, 1 (2021).

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  • Cloud computing
  • Multicloud management
  • Microservice
  • Deployment management
  • Policy-based management
  • Application topology discovery