In this paper, we argue that federation of cloud systems re- quires a standard API for users to create, manage, and destroy virtual objects, and a standard naming scheme for virtual ob- jects. We introduce an existing API for this purpose, the Slice- Based Federation Architecture, and demonstrate that it can be implemented on a number of existing cloud management sys- tems. We introduce a simple naming scheme for virtual objects, and discuss its implementation.
Most home users are not able to troubleshoot advanced network issues themselves. Hours on the phone with an ISP's customer representative is a common way to solve this problem. With the advent of mobile devices with both Wi-Fi and cellular radios, troubleshooters at the ISP have a new back-door into a malfunctioning residential network. However, placing full trust in an ISP is a poor choice for a home user. In this paper we present Extra Technician (ET), a system designed to provide ISPs and others with an environment to troubleshoot home networking in a remote, safe and flexible manner.