This section contains a portfolio of over 70 stimulating service offers for trusted and secure services that will emerge from the E2 unit of DG CONNECT Software & Services & Cloud Computing. The service cards aim to provide a focus on the cloud ecosystem emerging from European research and innovation projects.
Europe is a world leader in research and innovation on cloud software and services and it is imperative that it retains this position. This very much depends on Europe innovating at the technological level and demonstrating tangible business value. European research projects are thinking strategically which means looking at technology and market uptake as part of the same equation. These service offers demonstrate this through challenging, interoperable cloud services playing which play a very important role in extending the market and in bringing business benefits to both the supply and demand sides.
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.
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.
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.
ARCADIA A Novel Reconfigurable By Design Highly Distributed Applications Development Paradigm Over Programmable Infrastructure
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
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.
The ASCETiC project focuses on issues of energy efficient computing, specifically on design, construction, deployment and operation of Cloud services.
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.
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).
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:
Broker@Cloud - Enabling continuous quality assurance and optimization in future enterprise cloud service brokers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through the delivery of four pilots in four cities: Bremerhaven (DE), Lecce (IT), Novi Sad (RS) and Santander (ES), the project will seek to demonstrate how cloud based services can be used for the benefit of citizens and to facilitate the fictional scenario of a family moving from one member state to another and the typical complexities that such a move could entail.
CloudCatalyst - Reenergize productivity, efficiency and competitiveness of European economy through Cloud Computing
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.
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.
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.
The economic downturn and shrinking budgets have led to the need of novel approaches for more efficient services and management practices for public administrations.
I would like to use a cloud PaaS to develop new applications, this will increase the competitive edge for my business.
So, what's stopping me?
I find it hard to compare competitive offerings because they are very different.
Even if I find the right one, I am worried about vendor lock-in and high switching costs that could be a business risk.
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.
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.
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.
CloudTeams - Collaborative Software Development Framework based on Trusted, Secure Cloud-based Pool of Users
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COMPOSE has addressed the complex challenges of developing an IoT application. COMPOSE is a complete ecosystem for developers, covering all the different stages of the application development lifecycle, from design time through to deployment and run-time within a secure cloud environment.