Position Papers

Federations models of the EGI Cloud

Gergely Sipos, Tiziana Ferrari, Enol Fernández, EGI.eu

A cloud federation is an interconnected cloud environment between two or more service providers, offering distributed capacities and capabilities that go beyond the capacity or all types of services that a single cloud can provide. The EGI Federated Cloud is a multi-national cloud system that can integrate institutional and public clouds into a scalable computing platform for data and/or compute driven applications and services.

Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe

Bob Jones, CERN

The acquisition of IT services is a key function within any public or private organisation. The advent of cloud computing requires innovation in the way IT service are procured.

SLA-Ready: getting the European private sector into the cloud comfort zone

Stephanie Parker, Nicholas Ferguson, Trust-IT Services

Tools and services to help European companies manage the cloud service lifecycle. A Common Reference Model to guide the industry on best practices for service level agreements based on industry standardisation recommendations. Priority is given to security and data protection, from defining business requirements through to monitoring and exit from a cloud service.

Secure Provisioning of cloud Services based on SLA management

Valentina Casola, Massimiliano Rak, CeRICT

The SPECS project aims at 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. Providing such a comprehensible and enforceable security assurance by Cloud Service Providers (CSP) is a critical factor to deploy trustworthy Cloud ecosystems

AppHub - Providing easy access to innovative open source solutions

Peter Deussen, Fraunhofer

The AppHub project has been created to foster the market uptake of research and innovation activities in Europe and thus to provide an easy access to innovation to the European industry. AppHub supports open source projects in implementing more efficient community and market outreach strategies.

A Security Perspective on Federated Cloud Networks and Network Functions

Philippe Massonet, CETIC, Massimo Villari, University of Messina

The BEACON H2020 project focuses on enabling federated cloud networking. The long term vision is a fully virtualized data centre for federated clouds that relies on the convergence of cloud computing and software defined network technologies.

CLIPS - Business Models and Sustainability Challenges

Zulf Choudhary, Vijay Natarajan and Li Yao, Sparta Digital, James Hughes, PNO Consultants

CLIPS – an EC CIP-funded project – is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that enables an innovative shift towards a model of public service delivery in which public administrations move from the traditional role of funders to also being a facilitator.

How WISER is paving the ground for cyber security challenges in the DSM

Elena González, Antonio Álvarez, Aljosa Pasic, ATOS

As the European Commission continues to progress its plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM), organisations across the region are beginning to think carefully about how their initiative could impact them. Coupled with the impending adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), privacy and security issues are quickly moving to the top of the agendas of companies and policy makers.

Creating A Resilient Cloud Market

Dr James Mitchell, John Woodley, Frank Khan Sullivan, Strategic Blue

Europe’s growing critical dependence on public cloud computing infrastructure (“essentiality”) and the inequality of negotiating power between a vast number of users and a very few hyperscale cloud vendors (“asymmetry”) beg the question, “What could possibly go wrong with the cloud market?” It is the role of government to identify and plan against such, hopefully unlikely, Black Swan risks to our society.

Towards Trust in cloud services with CLARUS – how we are tackling related legal issues

Pieter-Jan Ombelet, Stephanie Mihail, KU Leuven

The main legal concerns impeding the mainstream adoption of the cloud relate to privacy and security matters, as well as the concepts of interoperability and portability. In this respect, multiple legal frameworks are analysed