The aim of this task is to identify the key technology directions relating to networking in support of Big Data within Next Generation Data Centre environments enabling key application areas to accommodate ever increasing demands on data intensity.  The task will identify the strengths and weaknesses of European companies and research institutions in such technological capabilities for Big Data, and will identify the most promising paths for future European hardware technology for Big Data.

Underlying trends in virtualization, scale-out storage, internet connectivity, software defined networking and energy-efficiency that are driving “as a service” paradigms will place extreme demands on standards based networking, tracking and monitoring systems and the integration of network components within future commodity microprocessors, server storage and virtualization platforms. Examples of technologies that can be considered include: new networking standards, new routing paradigms and how these may impact data center scalability and how these affect large-scale networking and monitoring technologies; software technologies such as CloudBand, OpenFlow and Network Guardians and how these could be used for Big Data processing. These factors will be considered from a European perspective by assessing the requirements for both inter- and intra- data center networking products and key opportunities for European exploitation will be identified. We will also explore common goals in respect of European Technology Platforms targeting specific domains such as CCN, Clouds, Multimedia Systems, social interactions, as examples, to maximize impact around Big Data together with other application areas covered in the project.