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ICT for Development in Uganda: Adoption of SDN and NFV Hybrid Technology for the Uganda Government Data center

  • Journal of Regional Studies and Development
  • Abbr : JRSD
  • 2018, 27(3), pp.73-118
  • DOI : 10.18350/ipaid.2018.27.3.73
  • Publisher : Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development: IPAID
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > Regional Studies in general > Comparative / Statistical Regional Studies
  • Published : December 30, 2018

Businge .K. John Baptist 1 Yun Seon Kim 2

1Department of Administration, Uganda
2한동대학교

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ABSTRACT

ICT is the most significant factor of the economy development in any developing country. One of the key infrastructures is data center. The data center has emerged as the most effective platform for deploying varying network-based services and applications such as cloud computing services and data storage. Unfortunately, due to most data center's dependency on specialized proprietary hardware, they are quite complex and hard to manage. Routine activities such as service provisioning including the deployment of new services, configuring/updating security policies and configurations is a time consuming and tedious process that can take days or even weeks to accomplish thus making the management of data centers highly complex with limited flexibility and agility. This paper researched the case of the Uganda government data center improvement and examined how Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies can be adopted as a single network solution for simplified and cost-efficient data center management. The paper also presented; 1) a hybrid SDN/NFV architecture design that can be adopted in the short term to allow for a phased transition towards a full SDN/NFV architecture later, 2) a mathematical model to estimate the relative cost of a deploying an SDN/NFV architecture, and lastly, 3) SDN/NFV performance, reliability and security metrics for the new architecture. The ICT gap between developing and developed countries will be reduced based on the proposed new architecture. Especially, Uganda government may accept new system for their economy development and further impact on their service, even effects for their citizens.

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