FoCS Corporate Connection - Pradeep Padala/VMware, "Automated Resource Management of Software Defined Data," NHB 1.720

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
NHB 1.720
Oct 15, 2012 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Type of Talk: FoCS Corporate Connection

Speaker/Affiliation: Pradeep Padala/VMware, Inc.

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty and Graduate Students

Date/Time: October 15, 2012, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Location: NHB 1.720

Host: FoCS

Talk Title: Automated Resource Management of Software Defined Data

Talk Abstract:

Private and public clouds are built on top of virtualized infrastructure, which provides various benefits including ease of management, consolidation (reducing capital expenditure) and flexible resource flow. However, virtualizing the infrastructure itself is not enough to gain all these benefits. Powerful resource management primitives and management software that can exploit these primitives are needed. The Virtual Data Center (VDC) abstraction in vCloud suite takes this one step further, where multiple cloud services are exposed through a Software Defined Data Center that aggregates all virtual resources at the cloud level. The services are automated and are built on top of existing abstractions and automation tools like resource pools, DRS and Storage DRS. In this talk, I will talk about VMware‚s cloud stack, VDC abstraction, challenges in exposing fully automated services through VDC.


Pradeep Padala is a senior member of the technical staff in the distributed resource management team at VMware. He is working on developing automated resource management mechanisms for the cloud tackling problems of optimized placement and balancing. In the past, he worked as a research engineer at NTT DOCOMO USA labs, focusing on Openflow and network virtualization. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2009. He is the recipient of two best paper awards at the USENIX ATC 2010 and ICAC 2011. More details about his work can be found on his website at