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18/02/2015 - 12:45
The cloud is the great equalizer for today’s startups. It is one of the few areas where a startup can access the same resources as large corporations. When you are thinking about starting a new...
12/02/2015 - 16:00
  A brief introduction into the top cloud risks according to the European Network and Information Security Agency. This is part of CCSK (Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge).
05/02/2015 - 15:45
The goal of the survey is to investigate the ICT procurement habits of ICT public procurers within EU 28 public entities and to ask their opinion about the current ICT procurement legal framework;...
19/01/2015 - 11:30
European Commission officials are considering whether to regulate to enforce energy efficiency standards on enterprise servers, technology vital for cloud computing.


09/03/2015 - 09:00

The connected digital economy is getting increasingly complicated.

09/03/2015 - 14:30
This CloudWATCH workshop provides user experience on standards-based interoperability, meeting increasing customer needs for freedom of choic

Focus: Developing a platform for the execution of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications built on top of services deployed in a “local cloud” of gateways. Scalability, security, dependability, context and resource awareness, and Quality of Service (QoS) will be embedded “by design” into the platform. Validation will be done through experiments targeting the Smart City and Home automation case studies.

Coordinator: INTECS, Italy

Focus: Six complementary experiments are being demonstrated and evaluated. Pilots are based on the following business solutions of MO-BIZZ partners: customer relationship management solutions; enterprise resource planning solutions; mobile business intelligence; mobile marketing; business collaboration and SmartGrid.

Coordinator: Portugal Telecom

Focus: A software engineering initiative targeting Internet services whose logic and value emerges from a set of communicating software components distributed on a heterogeneous computing continuum, from clouds to mobile devices, sensors and/or smart objects.

Coordinator: SINTEF, Norway

Focus: Playing a pivotal role among collaborative cloud research initiatives, especially initiatives based on open source approaches. OCEAN will help identify commonalities between projects, whether potential overlays or prospects for cross-project collaboration and synergies. It will foster collaboration on cloud computing between European and Japanese organisations.

Coordinator: Fraunhofer, Germany

Focus: Investigating a novel approach based on a Data as a Service model for the real-time processing of private and public data that is economically viable and technically feasible even for small businesses. Developing means for gathering and storing publicly available data and providing a platform that facilities real-time data processing. LEADS will operate on a collection of micro-clouds, independent and geographically distributed.

Focus: Creating a development framework based on formal methods to include resources and resource management into the design phase in software engineering for the cloud. This will improve the competitiveness of SMEs and shape business ICT strategies in virtualised computing.

Coordinator: University of Oslo, Norway

Focus: Innovative solutions the proactive automatic management of cloud resources based on a set of advanced machine learning techniques and virtualisation. Enabling monitoring, controlling and proactively application executions and services in the cloud.

Coordinator: Centre National de la Recerche Scientifique, France

Focus: ClouT is a European-Japanese initiative aimed at leveraging cloud computing as an enabler that bridges the Internet of Things with the Internet of People via the Internet of Services. It focuses on establishing an efficient communication and collaborative platform that leverages all information sources that make cities smarter and better placed to tackle emergency challenges like efficient energy management, economic growth and development.

Focus: Inspiring innovation in the European mobile applications industry by radically improving the interoperability of cloud-based services and trust in personal cloud storage through the development of a consumer-centric, open source mobile cloud applications platform.

Focus Area: The COMPOSE project aims at enabling new services that can seamlessly integrate real and virtual worlds through the convergence of the Internet of Services with the Internet of Things.

Focus: Transforming modern cloud infrastructures and tools by enabling the agile development and delivery of cloud services that can dynamically adjust to changes in their environment and so optimise service quality and resource utilisation.

Coordinator: IBM Research Haifa, Israel

Focus: Providing cloud services and tools for software developers to enable rapid software prototyping based on user requirements and system models in multimodal formats. Software developers will be equipped with a set of software artefacts that implement various aspects of the application being developed.

Focus: Optimising IaaS cloud services by producing an architectural framework and a development toolkit, covering the full cloud service lifecycle (service construction, cloud deployment and operation). Giving service providers the capability to easily orchestrate cloud services from scratch, run legacy apps on the cloud and make intelligent deployment decisions based on their preference regarding trust, risk, eco efficiency and cost (TREC).

Focus: As Model Driven Engineering (MDE) is increasingly applied to larger and more complex systems, the current generation of modelling and model management technologies are being pushed to their limits in terms of capacity and efficiency, and as such, additional research is needed to enable MDE to remain relevant within industrial practice and to continue delivering its well-recognised benefits of increased productivity, quality, and maintainability.

FOCUS: STORM CLOUDS aims to explore how the shift by public authorities to a cloud-based paradigm in service provisioning should be addressed. STORM CLOUDS will define useful guidelines on how to address the process in order to accelerate it, for public authorities and policy makers. These guidelines will be prepared based on direct experimentation in at least four European cities, creating a set of relevant use cases and best practices.

Focus: Creating a prototype of an interactive application and a Linked Data API providing an integrated view on open source projects available on the web and focusing on functional, structural and licensing aspects of software code. The MARKOS system will be released as open source software, where the functionalities offered are expected to facilitate software development based on the open source paradigm in a global context.

Focus: Acting as a catalyst for the accelerated and successful adoption of cloud computing by European SMEs. Clouding SMEs brings together SME associations, SMEs and cloud experts to look at both the supply side, mapping innovative ICT SMEs with expertise on cloud, and the demand side, identifying SMEs that can benefit from adoption. Clouding SMEs will define a vision for the optimal adoption and use of cloud computing within SME communities and a roadmap to achieve it.

Focus: Providing useful tools to foster the adoption of cloud computing in Europe. Cloud Catalyst will set up a cross-border advice and support service, helping to strengthen Europe’s position in the cloud computing market, including both the European business software industry and individual citizens and consumers.

Coordinator: Portugal Telecom

Focus: Addressing the challenges of increased complexity and heterogeneity in cloud infrastructures from three major angles. CactoScale is a set of tools and method to acquire and analyse application behaviour and infrastructure performance data. CactoOpt are mathematical models and their implementation to determine the best fitting resources within a provider context.

Focus: Providing methods, a decision support system, an open source integrated development environment and run-time environment for the high-level design, early prototyping, semi-automatic code generation, and automatic deployment of applications on multi-clouds with guaranteed quality of service (QoS).

Coordinator: Milan Polytechnic

Focus: Developing a cost-effective platform to make existing company back-end systems available to mobile workers, without the complexity and upfront costs normally associated with traditional mobile application development. MobiCloud is using existing cloud-based and web-based technologies to deliver a service-based model for a new kind of mobile application, which is intrinsically cross-platform and context-aware.

Focus: Large-scale online services including online social networks and multiplayer games handling huge quantities of frequently changing shared data. Growing scalability requirements no longer make it possible to maintain consistency in a centralised cloud. Instead, data must be replicated across several distributed datacentres, requiring new principled approaches to consistency that the SyncFree project will explore.

Coordinator: INRIA, France

Focus: developing and implementing an open source framework to offer Security-as-a-Service, by relying on the notion of security parameters specified in Service Level Agreements (SLA), and also providing the techniques to systematically manage their life-cycle.

Coordinator: Second University of Naples / CeRICT

Focus: Develop adaptive service-oriented technologies for creating, monitoring and managing secure, resilient and highly available information systems underpinning critical infrastructures.
SERSCIS will use a service-oriented architecture to make interconnected ICT systems more manageable, allowing dynamic adaptation to manage changing situations, and counter the risk amplification effect of interconnectedness.

Focus: Contributing to the adoption of open source software on ICT projects, by increasing the lifetime of the software developed inside European projects. Maximising the impact of ICT projects by creating a coordination platform for software projects, as well as promoting dissemination and training events on open source.

Focus: ECIM aims to help three key audiences - service creators, city managers and service users – to benefit from the ability of cloud computing to make transportation and other city services more innovative, cost effective and accessible.

ECIM will:

Focus: Building digital tools and online collaborative platforms for Citizen Science, seeking to improve opportunities for learning and creativity available to citizen scientists worldwide. Assessing the role of existing online collaborative environments and software tools in supporting and stimulating creative learning, as well as evaluating the best practices of current Citizen Science projects.

Coordinator: Université Paris Descartes, France

Focus: Identifying the missing functionalities to support energy efficiency across all cloud layers. ASCETIC defines and integrates explicit measures of energy and ecological requirements into the cloud application design, development and operation process.

Coordinator: Atos, Spain

Focus: Developing advanced software engineering approaches to improve quality assurance. The challenge is to reduce time spent on testing while increasing software quality, in order to quickly launch new or improved existing web services and Internet applications. Ultimately, this will achieve a real improvement in testing efficiency.

Coordinator: University of Sheffield

Focus: Design, implement and deploy a Platform as a Service solution for processing and interacting with large volumes of data coming from ICT security, smart grid and other application areas. The BIGFOOT stack builds on and contributes to the Apache Hadoop ecosystem and the Apace OpenStack project.

Coordinator: EURECOM, France

Focus: Creating a flexible Quality Assurance, Control and Methodology to measure the quality of Internet-related software development projects and their resulting products. The methodology will be supported by an Internet solution composed of several knowledge services based on open standards capable of detecting changes in the scope and requirements of an Internet application, or changes in its development.

Focus: The main goal of the STRATEGIC project is to enable, pilot and evaluate a radical shift in the way public cloud services (and existing on-line services) can be migrated, replicated and reused across different regions, as well as in the way they can be used in the composition of novel services.

Focus: The main outputs and results of VIRGO are:

Focus: Develop a framework that equips cloud service intermediaries with advanced methods and mechanisms for continuous quality assurance and optimisation of software-based cloud services. The framework will enable enterprise cloud service brokers to monitor the obligations of providers towards consumers, as well as to detect opportunities for optimising service consumption.

Coordinator: SINTEF, Norway

Focus: Closing the gap between native “apps” and HTML5 “apps” through standardisation. HTML5 is platform and device agnostic, making it easy to move apps from one platform to another, for example, mobile to tablet to connected TV to connected car.

Coordinator: W3C Europe GEIE ERCIM with an industry consortium of over 380 members from research and enterprise, directed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web.

Focus: Advocating a paradigm shift from application-centric to user-centric models where users take control of their information. CloudSpaces will devise an open service platform providing privacy-aware data sharing as well as interoperability mechanisms among heterogeneous cloud providers.

Coordinator: Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain

Focus: Facilitating service providers in analysing, predicting and resolving scalability challenges by supporting scalable service engineering. CloudScale extends existing and develops new solutions that support the handling of scalability problems of software-based services.

Coordinator: SINTEF, Norway

Partnership: SAP, Germany; Erisson Nikola Tesla, Croatia; XLAB, Slovenia; University of Paderborn, Germany

Focus: Ensuring business continuity by introducing a new cost-effective approach in virtualised infrastructures for providing application-agnostic high availability. Key to this direction is the consolidation of virtualised memory and I/O resources emerging from multiple physical hosts.

Coordinator: Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Greece

Focus: Giving organisations the capability of agility after deployment. SeaClouds deals with various aspects of the cloud development life-cycle, such as an open, generic and interoperable foundation to orchestrate parts of cloud-based applications.

Focus: Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a novel, rapidly growing segment in the cloud computing market, offering an abstracted development and deployment environment that can simplify the life of a developer in any domain.

Focus: In support of the European Cloud Partnership, enabling the public sector to implement well-defined cloud computing strategies. Supported by stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, Cloud for Europe aims to remove the obstacles to cloud adoption and provide the conditions for a digital single market for cloud computing in Europe.

Coordinator: Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

Focus: The project aims to make data and platforms available for digital public services on cloud computing infrastructures.



Focus: Delivering an open and integrated platform to support model based lifecycle management of cloud applications. Enabling model-based development, configuration, optimisation and deployment of existing and new applications independently of the existing cloud infrastructures. An integrated development environment combining the abstraction power of a modelling language with mechanisms for profiling, reasoning, monitoring, metadata collection and adaption at runtime.

Focus: Consolidating European cloud computing and open source communities by creating a critical mass of stakeholders working together to promote the use of open source in cloud computing. The approach is based on two specific use cases: Open clouds for public sector applications and Open clouds for health care supply industry. Fostering interaction between the business and research communities with a particular focus on EU-Japan.

Focus: A software modernisation approach based on model driven engineering techniques to automate the reverse and forward engineering of legacy applications to and from platform independent models. It reduces the risk, time and cost of migrating legacy software and lowers the barriers for service companies wishing to take advantage of the latest cloud computing and Software as a Service technologies and business models.

Coordinator: Atos, Spain

Focus: Integrating heterogeneous hardware and network technologies into data centre platforms, vastly increasing performance, reducing energy consumption and lowering cost profiles for important and high-value cloud applications such as real-time business analytics and the geosciences.

Coordinator: Imperial College of London, UK

Focus: The CLIPS general objective is to set up and to deploy a platform on which to run the virtual environment, where to build the cloud solutions addressing the particular cases during the piloting phase of the project.

Coordinator: Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, Italy

Focus: Implementing an integrated framework for the automation and intelligent management of service oriented architecture testing. The framework is available as a Platform as a Service solution on a cloud infrastructure. It supports main testing domains (functional, interactional, fault tolerance, security and usage-based testing).

Focus: Providing automatic, fine-grained resource allocation for cloud applications. This enables the commitment of just the right amount of resources based on application demand, performance and requirements, resulting in the optimal use of infrastructure and significant reductions in cost.

Coordinator: ATHENA Research and Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies, Greece

Focus: Providing a rich Platform as a Service with different “one size” data stores optimised for particular tasks, data and workloads. Integrating NoSQL data stores such as key-value data stores and graph databases, SQL data stores such as in-memory and column-oriented databases, hybrid systems such as SQL engines, on top of key-value data stores, and complex event processing data management systems.

Focus: Offering novel risk identification, management and mitigation tools and methods for community-based and industry-supported open source software development, composition and life cycle management to individually, collectively manage open source software risks.

Coordinator: Catalunya University of Technology

Focus: Extending the state of the art in automated analysis and measurement of open source software. Developing a platform that supports decision makers in the process of discovering, comparing, assessing and monitoring the health, quality and evolution of open source software. Identifying and re-using high-quality open source software, rather than on in-house solutions with similar functionalities, enables organisations to focus on delivering innovative features.

Focus: Developing services and products in the area of cloud computing. Research and competence focuses on safety, mobility, multi-tenancy, identity management, reliability, data management and open interfaces, leveraging this know-how to create a new generation of applications for installation and implementation in the cloud.

Coordinator: EuroCloud Slovenia

Focus: The primary objective of the FELIX project (FEderated Test-beds for Large-scale Infrastructure eXperiments) is to create a common framework in which users can request, monitor and manage a slice provisioned over distributed and distant Future Internet experimental facilities in Europe and Japan.

European Coordinator: PSNC, Poland

Japanese Coordinator: AIST, Japan

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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.

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