Periodic Reporting for period 2 - CloudPerfect (Enabling CLoud Orchestration, Performance and Cost Efficiency Tools for QoE Enhancement and Provider Ranking)
Reporting period: 2017-12-01 to 2018-11-30
The QoE supports the cloud adopters in two stages of their cloud journey:
1) In selecting the right cloud – the QoE Portal supports the cloud adopters in selecting the most appropriate cloud offering according to their application or business needs. It provides the adopters with the possibility to create rankings of clouds based on the performance results for the specific application workload and the related pricing parameters. Rankings can also be made on the basis of specific measurable QoS parameters that are guaranteed by the cloud providers through their SLAs.
2) In maintaining record of the quality of service – through the QoE Portal the cloud adopters can access SLA monitoring functionalities, view monitoring results and access detailed SLA monitoring logs (which can be used to support compensation claims).
Cloudiator supports the cloud adopters in the phase of deploying on the cloud. It offers a common interface and model for describing and configuring applications independently from their actual runtime environment and the infrastructure where they are deployed.
Throughout the projects life time experimentations took place with the support of the use case partners (CRM/ERP and CFD domains) which gave the Consortium the opportunity to collect feedback and further improve the developed tools. The use of the QoE and Cloudiator by Cloud Providers (for self-assessment and infrastructure management) was also examined and tested during the project lifetime.
A set of communication tools was prepared and activities were performed aiming at generating awareness and knowledge around CloudPerfect. Business Models and exploitation plans were developed for all Cloudperfect results.
CloudPerfect Consortium also actively participated in relevant standardization-collaboration activities representing project results and monitored and applied existing standards in the project’s software developments.
Similarly on the deployment side, Cloudiator reduces deployment time, since applications can be seamlessly moved across different cloud provider infrastructures without any additional effort. The tool implements a generic and provider independent way of application implementation and management which eases the use of clouds in general and does not bind tenants to specific provider offers and their platforms (vendor lock-in). It increases flexibility, since more apps can be handled in parallel on various provider infrastructures and increases the competition between providers in terms of favourable offers and conditions for their resources.
CloudPerfect enables the extension of the Broker role in Cloud environments as a mean to support cloud adopters in evaluating the provider service which better fits their needs and in monitoring and validating the issued Service Level Agreements.
Besides the Business Models identified, CloudPerfect key outcomes are released Open Source, in order to make them available for other future evaluation schemes or for their incorporation by cloud brokerage experts and providers into their service portfolio, in agreement with the CloudPerfect license.
The proposed outcomes are based on innovations to existent and new standards, especially with contributions to ISO (and the upcoming 19086-2 DIS standard on SLA metrics in which the CloudPerfect partners are actively contributing).