SUNFISH - SecUre iNFormatIon SHaring in federated heterogeneous private clouds

What user need or pain point is your project addressing?

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. For example, Public Sector Entities in many EU countries cannot have system administrators resident in non-EU countries.

The Beneficiaries will be: EU Citizens who will feel that their data is more secure; and EU Public Sector Entities that will be able to rely on data being hosted on securely federated clouds. The SUNFISH project aims to reduce the management cost of private clouds owned by Public Administrations. Many Public Administrations in Europe need to manage date securely that are growing day by day. Scaling factors are required that overcome economic and technical capabilities of a single entity, even in a big Country. There is a real need to build up a federated cloud infrastructure specifically dedicated to several Public Administration players.

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How will your solution/service benefit the end-user?

SUNFISH will develop a secure system to federate private clouds that will guarantee a high level of security, a continuous monitoring of inter-cloud communications, and the ability to roll out services cheaply, quickly, flexibly and securely, even between different private clouds.

These solutions are particularly pertinent given the current context. All European Public Administrations are considering with great interest the evolution of the ICT scenario towards “cloud” technologies, in order to achieve the best results in terms of costs cutting and efficiency improvement. In 2010, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) included cloud computing on their current and emerging research trends. The European Commission also made an explicit reference to cloud computing in the ‘Digital Agenda for Europe 2020’. Following this initiative, the SUNFISH project aims at consolidating Europe as a ‘trusted cloud region’ in the post-Prism age, through the implementation of high standards for data protection, cyber security and transparency as regards public services.

The SUNFISH project will develop workload management innovations which will allow this to occur.

The private cloud infrastructures that support such applications are often only fully used only during brief periods of time, such as a few days per month. When these huge and costly infrastructures are not optimally used, they represent only a cost for the Public Administration.