Welcome to SUPERCLOUD, a new security and dependability infrastructure management paradigm
Despite the numerous benefits to be obtained in terms of business, distributed cloud computing raises many security and dependability concerns. This poses an increasing complexity and lack of interoperability between heterogeneous, often proprietary infrastructure technologies.
With the aim of providing a solution to these problems, we are pleased to announce that SUPERCLOUD, a European cooperative research project, has recently joined the CloudWatch Service Offer Catalogue.
SUPERCLOUD will provide support to user-centric deployments across multi-clouds, enabling the composition of innovative trustworthy services, to uplift Europe’s innovation capacity and improve its competitiveness.
Indeed, the project proposes new security and dependability infrastructure management paradigms with an end-to-end interface that is both:
- User-centric: for self-service of clouds-of-clouds, where customers define their own protection requirements and avoid lock-ins;
- Self-managed: for self-protection of clouds-of-clouds that reduce complexity in administration through security automation.
Which are SUPERCLOUD objectives?
The implementation of the SUPERCLOUD architecture gives users the flexibility to define their own protection requirements and to embodythe policies accordingly.
To ensure compliance with the security policies, an automatic security management framework is being developed that will operate seamlessly over computing, storage and network layers, as well as across provider domains.
To enable composition of service and trust statements across different administrative provider domains trust models and security mechanisms are being put in place.
A resource management framework will be implemented to deliver provider-agnostic resources in a robust manner, using primitives from diverse cloud providers.
Who are the SUPERCLOUD partners?
The consortium is industry-led, with partners actively involved in the promotion of open source cloud technologies and contributing to major standardization bodies in cloud security, inter-cloud architectures security protocols, and SDN (Software-defined Network).
The SUPERCLOUD consortium brings together a well-balanced European team. This comprises 4 industrial partners (Orange SA, IBM Research GmbH, Philips Medical Systems Nederland B.V.Philips Electronics Nederland BV), 1 research institution (Institut Mines-Telecom), 2 research-oriented SMEs (Technikon Forschungs- und Planungsgesellschaft mbH, Maxdata Software SA), and 2 renowned universities (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fundacao Da Faculdade De Ciencias Da Universidade De Lisboa). The latter represent 6 different countries (Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland) and will bring extensive know-how and long-lasting experience to the project for the development of its design framework.
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