Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks

Living Edition
| Editors: Xuemin (Sherman) Shen, Xiaodong Lin, Kuan Zhang

Data Center Network Virtualization

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32903-1_321-1



A data center (DC) is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as servers (physical machines), storage and network devices (e.g., switches, routers, and cables), power distribution systems, and cooling systems.

A data center network (DCN) is the communication network that interconnects computer systems and associated components in a data center. Generally, a data center network can be described by the network topology, routing/switching equipments, and the network protocols.

Network virtualization is the process of combining hardware and software network resources and network functionality into a single, software-based administrative entity, a virtual network.

The data center network virtualization is a term that extends virtualization concepts such as abstraction, pooling, and automation to the data center network. Virtualization usually refers to hardware virtualization, which typically...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijingChina
  2. 2.Beijing Jiaotong UniversityBeijingChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Lei Lei
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Science and EngineeringJames Cook UniversityNorth QueenslandAustralia