The goal is to empower the software and services industry to better take advantage of the opportunities of the future computing continuum and to effectively provide new innovative services that are seamlessly integrated to the physical world making them more pervasive, more robust, more reactive and closer (physically, socially, emotionally, etc.) to their users.

ICT is becoming increasingly integrated into our everyday environment. It is distributed on all kinds of devices from cars to household appliances. On top of that versions evolve continuously according to customer needs. The value chain of this process consists of:

Cloud providers theoretically offer their customers unlimited resources for their applications on an on-demand basis. However, scalability is not only determined by the available resources, but also by how the control and data flow of the application or service is designed and implemented.

ARTIST targets mainly software owners who need to modernize their applications and business model towards the cloud. ARTIST focuses on the modernization of applications based on three pillars that in most occasions cannot be tackled independently.

I am the head of the IT department of a large enterprise. Just like many other companies, we are using a combination of data management solutions, such as SQL databases, NoSQL databases such as document data stores, graph databases, key-value data stores and complex event processing.

The main objective of the project "PANACEA" is to provide Proactive Autonomic Management of Cloud Resources, based on Machine Learning, as a remedy to the exponentially growing Cloud complexity. PANACEA will allow users several advanced possibilities, based on the Machine Learning (ML) framework, and the autonomic principles.

CloudLightning aims to address the problems surrounding cloud infrastructure management, service specification, access to, and provisioning of, cloud resources faced by both consumers and providers of cloud services. CloudLightning’s initial target application domains are the oil and gas industry, genomics, and sectors that use ray tracing.

Mondo targets software developers and software development managers who have adopted or are planning to adopt model-based engineering (MBE) methods for software development. In particular, developers of large and complex software applications, or software development teams who need to work together to develop a software application or system using MBE.

As the number of externally-sourced services in an enterprise cloud environment increases, it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep track of when and how services evolve over time.

The BETaaS project is addressing developers communities in the field of IoT and M2M, Hardware vendors, Development Companies, M2M & IoT standardization groups and frameworks, Service Providers (SaaS, PaaS, BaaS, Mobile, Telcos and Utility Companies).

“Developing once and deploying on different Clouds” is not the reality today for software developers and system administrators. Methods and tools are critically missing for supporting the development, the deployment and the execution of Cloud applications.

Let’s take an example. MODAFIN is a software development company specialised in IT applications for financial services. Its main product line is a proprietary solution for stock market operations, cash administration, and lending management. The most profitable activities are software customisation and life-cycle management.

COMPOSE addresses the complex challenges of developing an IoT application. COMPOSE provides a complete ecosystem for the developer, including the different stages of application development lifecycle, from design time through deployment and run-time within a secure cloud environment.

Adopting the cloud, or in other words migrating a business to the cloud, is not necessarily an easy task. Failure to properly prepare business for cloud migration can end up in costly results such as company-wide disorganization, prolonged downtime, loss of productivity and even loss of data.

The use of the “as-a-service” approach, which delegates all kinds of resources to remote cloud service providers (CSPs) needs the adoption of new security methodologies which can introduce security mechanisms and controls in a modular way. This is the base notion behind SPECS security-as-a-service offering.

CUMULUS is addressing the need to create efficient and automated processes for certifying security properties of cloud services of all the different layers in the cloud stack, including infrastructure, platform and software services.

The main objective is to create IOStack: a Software-defined Storage toolkit for Big Data on top of the OpenStack platform. IOStack will enable efficient execution of virtualized analytics applications over virtualized storage resources thanks to flexible, automated, and low cost data management models based on software-defined storage (SDS).

Cloud computing and big data are important enablers for productivity and better services. The challenge for Europe is to ensure it retains its leadership position in research and innovation on cloud software and services. This leadership not only depends on Europe’s ability to innovate at the technological level, but also to demonstrate tangible business value.

SLALOM addresses top problems for potential adopters of Cloud services:

The RISCOSS project aims at proposing a tool supported methodology to evaluate the risks and costs intrinsic to the adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) in companies of different sizes, public administrations and OSS communities.

2015: I am the CTO of a Healthcare organization and I would like to benefit from cloud services, including software as a service, but my business asset includes sensitive data. The current cloud ecosystem is based on the assumption that appropriate security and privacy-preserving techniques are implemented by cloud providers.

CACTOS addresses the challenge of cloud data centre operators that hardware infrastructure becomes increasingly heterogeneous to meet energy efficiency constraints. This makes the challenge of optimized VM placement and performing optimization within the Data Centre much more complex.

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. But when it comes to adopting new services or implementing information security systems, SMEs face significant challenges. They typically have restricted budgets, limited resources and limited expertise in information security.

The TRESCCA project aims to lay the foundations of a secure and trustable cloud platform by ensuring strong logical and physical security on the edge devices, using both hardware security and virtualization techniques while considering the whole cloud architecture.

RAPID targets a novel heterogeneous CPU-GPU multi-level cloud acceleration focusing on applications running on embedded systems found on low-power devices such as smartphones, notebooks, tablets, wearable devices (smart watches, glasses), robots, cars, etc.

Startups, small and medium enterprises are typically very much focused on their core business. Hence, there are several business processes like customer relationship and campaigning, administrative issues on registration, part of IT services as well as part of after sales support that are necessary for the business success, but can only insufficiently be handled by those organisations.

I am the CIO charged with delivering big data applications. However, my software engineering teams and data engineering teams lack integrated processes and tools for developing systems where the data and software are evolving independently.

Let us outline four scenarios where users can benefit from the ClouT solution.

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HOLA CLOUD targets all the stakeholders of the R&D domain in the field of Software, Services and Cloud computing including researchers, industrial players, related national and EU funded projects but also policy makers.

Business growth as illustrated , for example, by smarter scenarios where new services facilitate daily human activities and give support for the growth of new markets and employment opportunities.

Innovative applications will be delivered thanks to new software engineering approach based on choreography of web services.

Complex applications are often distributed between cloud infrastructures to provide resilience against cloud provider outages, higher levels of elasticity, and better response times for their users by placing services near the clients.

More and more areas of public life are becoming dependent on availability of Internet based services. Banks, logistics, travel, sales and media, to name a few, are severely disrupted when hit by service outages.

HTML5Apps is targeting app developers who want to break free of the limitations of today’s “native apps” (centralized and proprietary app stores, lack of cross-device support) by using HTML5, CSS and Javascript to develop their applications. While already powerful, HTML5 cannot be used to fully replace native apps today.

Cloud computing’s initial success and impact in the IT sector is undeniable, but as its service offerings continue to evolve, both cloud infrastructure providers and application developers alike look towards a significant improvement in terms of performance, reliability and agility.

The economic downturn and shrinking budgets have led to the need of novel approaches for more efficient services and management practices for public administrations.

Me and my friend are co-founders in a small mobile dev shop.

Time critical applications often involve distributed components, and intensive data communication. For instance, applications which address disaster warning issues often include remotely deployed sensors, and many live event television broadcast scenarios require direction of multiple outdoor video sources.

The goal of SyncFree is to enable large-scale distributed applications without global synchronisation, by building upon the recent concept of Conflict-free Replicated Data Types (CRDTs). CRDTs allow unsynchronised concurrent updates, yet ensure data consistency.

2015: I am the CTO of a European SME. Using cloud services could be the answer to the rising complexity of software systems but …

I find some of the service descriptions and contractual terms complex and misleading.

I am not happy about typical “take-it-or-leave-it contracts”.

DataInc is a small software vendor selling cloud-based Big Data services. DataInc has to deliver an initial version of a new Big Data application within 3 months, capable of processing sensor data acquired from a geographical area, with the goal of increasing coverage of areas, sensors and compute capacity on a monthly basis.

We are a city council caring about the health and safety of our citizens. We have a wealth of information coming from various sensors in our city but we can’t make sense of all that information and how to use it.

Prowess is addressing the need for effective and efficient testing automation techniques and tools focusing, in particular, on web services-based systems and cloud computing. The possibilities associated with cloud computing provide instant scalability, flexibility and availability for testing on demand with no upfront investment.

The public sector is bound by procurement procedures and is not tailored to the dynamic, on-demand and elastic nature of cloud services. Procurement rules in some Member States can also make it difficult to sell cloud solutions to the public sector. PICSE targets the needs of public research organisations and libraries intending to procure cloud services.

SeaClouds is a novel open source framework that performs Seamless Adaptive Multi-cloud Management of Service-based applications.

CloudSpaces aims to protect personal data of users and organisations stored and synchronized in Personal Clouds. Nowadays, Personal Clouds like Dropbox, Google Drive or Box among others have complete access to sensitive data.

In Europe, the Open Source Software (OSS) industry frees software users and developers from technological barriers, allowing them to explore, compare, integrate and customise OSS solutions efficiently and systematically, while avoiding license conflicts and infringements.

In this project, we research and create a novel VM repository and operational environment for federated Cloud infrastructures aiming to:

simplify the creation of lightweight and highly optimised VM images tuned for functional descriptions of applications;

U-QASAR is addressing the need of obtaining an objective measurement of quality for software (SW) development processes and their resulting products. It is targeting all actors involved in the SW quality process, like CEOs, CTOs, software project managers, quality managers or different categories of software engineers.

Today, users placing data in the cloud need to put complete trust that the Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) will correctly manage such data.

The main goal of MUSA is to support the security-intelligent lifecycle management of distributed applicationsover heterogeneous cloud resources, through a security framework that includes: a) security-by-design mechanisms to allow application self-protection at runtime, and b) methods and tools for the integrated security assurance in both the engineering and operat

Although enterprises recognize the compelling economic and operational benefits of running applications and services in the Cloud, security and data privacy concerns are the main barriers in Cloud adoption.

The Secure Enclaves for REactive Cloud Applications (SERECA) project targets two types of users/organizations: those wishing to move their mission-critical applications and their data to a Cloud infrastructure but do not trust the security of cloud-hosted applications and those who already use modern web applications hosted by cloud providers but the security soluti

Cloud computing allows software developers to control resource parameters such as the choice of processors, the amount of memory, storage capacity, and bandwidth. When software is designed based on specific assumptions about the size of data structures, the amount of RAM, and the number of processors, rescaling requires extensive design changes.

The main users of the BEACON project are organisations that manage IT infrastructures and wish to introduce network virtualisation technologies into their IT infrastructure. The BEACON project aims to integrate network virtualisation and service function chaining into Cloud middleware.

Cloud services allow enterprises to outsource non-core aspects of their business to third parties. The complexity of the service provision eco-system may not be visible to an individual or business end user. However, it should ideally be possible to hold each provider accountable for how it manages, uses, and passes on data and other related information.

CloudTeams will be a cloud-based platform which will transform software development for cloud services into a much easier, faster and targeted process. We’ll engage with communities of users who will participate in the product life cycle to help software teams develop better solutions for customer problems.

Only the biggest information technology players, e.g., Google or Amazon, have access to the necessary infrastructure for storing and processing data available on the Web. Small and medium companies (SMEs) have no other choice than relying on such companies with dedicated data centers to provide them the necessary resources to store and mine public data.

BigFoot addresses some of the most vital issues related to the deployment of large-scale data analytic technologies and innovative analytics-as-a-service business models:

AppHub helps the market to seamlessly identify, position and implement the software outcomes of your projects.

AppHub provides the software produced by your project as cloud-ready packages that can be executed by a broad range of cloud service providers.

The INPUT Project aims to contribute to the evolution of the Internet “brain” beyond current limitations due to obsolete IP network paradigms, by moving cloud services much closer to end-users and smart-devices.

OPENi addresses the issue of user personal data privacy, allowing users to decide which aspects of their personal data they are prepared to share by giving them the option of fine grained authorisation and access control. Through the OPENi platform we are aiming to alter the dynamics of user control over their personal data.

The open source projects Europe platform is targeting users that want to:

CELAR targets both users that use cloud infrastructures to deploy and operate their applications and cloud IaaS operators that want to offer extra features to their customers.

The SSICLOPS project will focus on techniques for the management of federated private cloud infrastructures, in particular cloud networking techniques. Target customers include operators, service providers and other end user that require computing resources across clouds.

A majority of European mobility-related public and private sector institutions still struggle to take maximum advantage of the cloud to deliver services and data online in a cost-effective and scalable manner.

The ASCETiC project focuses on issues of energy efficient computing, specifically on design, construction, deployment and operation of Cloud services.

Given the inability of Highly-Distributed-Application-Developers to foresee the changes as well as the heterogeneity on the underlying infrastructure, it is considerable crucial the design and development of novel software paradigms that facilitate application developers to take advantage of the emerging programmability of the underlying infrastructure and therefore

The overall problem that SUNFISH is trying to address is the lack of infrastructure and technology allowing Public Sector Players to federate their private clouds. To date, legislative barriers often make it difficult to use many commercial technological solutions.

CloudingSMEs takes a comprehensive approach to the use of cloud computing by SMEs, which considers both the supply side (i.e. results and endeavors of ICT SMEs with expertise on cloud computing) and the demand side (i.e. the adoption and use of cloud computing technologies by SMEs). SMEs represent 99.8% of the European enterprises.

Despite many business benefits, distributed clouds raise many security and dependability concerns due to an increase in complexity and a lack of interoperability between heterogeneous, often proprietary infrastructure technologies. Current provider-centric clouds are notably faced with three major security challenges:

Mikelangelo targets providers of computational infrastructures, HPC, and big data services. We help providers to take full advantage of cloud computing on virtual infrastructures. Our users use cloud computing to highly utilise their infrastructure, to deploy applications easily, and to isolate applications between tenants as much as possible.

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The CloudWATCH project is being funded by the European Commission to evaluate competing cloud policies, standard profiles and services, working with providers and users to understand which standards should be adopted for which purpose. The ultimate goal is to CloudWATCH will accelerate and increase the use of cloud computing across the public and private sectors in Europe and educate SMEs how to choose the right service provider to take account of privacy and service level concerns as opposed to price only.