One of the main findings of the Concertation Meeting is that the projects all have similar concerns and views on the current and potential future state of cloud computing in Europe. These include portability, security and the ability to advance cloud technologies in a highly competitive marketplace. Underlying these shared concerns however is the common belief in the need for standards, transparency and assessment of services at all levels of a cloud infrastructure.
Participating projects cover the entire life cycle of cloud research, from development and testing to implementation, dissemination and sustainability. Closer collaboration and networking across all these projects is important for several reasons. Firstly, projects can identify providers for their applications etc., they can adopt a “test and try” approach to validate re-usability and value; build on results already available, further work on standards and move to implementation more quickly.
One of the main values of the meeting was the opportunity to quickly identify various collaborations, which can be clustered around specific themes, such as elasticity, portability and transparency. Potential synergies include:
- Selecting licensing and business models - PROSE and RISCOSS
- Testing, assessment and validation of applications – MIDAS, U-QASAR, OSSMETER and RISCOSS
- Modelling application behaviours – MONDO, CACTOS and MODAClouds
- Testing results of projects – PROSE, RISCOSS, MIDAS, U-QASAR
The projects that both identified each other as potential collaborators were:
- CACTOS & ORBIT
- ORBIT & U-QASAR
- PROSE & RISCOSS
The successful format of the event has helped transform the way Concertation Meetings are organised with opportunities for each participant to actively contribute through lightning talks, discussions, polarised break-out sessions, position papers and feedback forms. The aim of the next Concertation Meeting in September 2014 is to offer a platform to take forward and build on current achievements. Its format, focus and the work of CloudWATCH in coming months will take on board the following recommendations, which come directly from the projects through a collaborative process.