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ENABLING CONTINUOUS QUALITY ASSURANCE AND OPTIMIZATION IN FUTURE ENTERPRISE CLOUD SERVICE BROKERS

Objective

As enterprises increasingly adopt the model of cloud computing, the enterprise IT environment is progressively transformed into a matrix of interwoven infrastructure, platform and application services which are delivered from diverse service providers. To help enterprises deal with the overwhelming complexity of consuming large numbers of cloud services from diverse providers, future enterprise cloud service delivery platforms will need to implement a wide array of sophisticated brokerage-enabling capabilities, which will give rise to services that go far beyond anything currently offered by today's cloud intermediaries.
The challenge, to which the Broker@Cloud project commits, is to research and to develop solutions with respect to some of the most valuable and technically demanding types of brokerage capabilities foreseen for future enterprise cloud service brokers. In particular, we envisage the development of a brokerage framework which will allow cloud intermediaries to equip their platforms with advanced methods and mechanisms for continuous quality assurance and optimization of software-based enterprise cloud services. Those software-based services can range from simple programmatically accessible web APIs, to complex software applications delivered as cloud services, i.e. on-demand Software-as-a-Service offerings.
The brokerage framework, for which most of the software components will be released as Open Source Software, will comprise the following core building blocks: (i) methods and tools for platform-neutral description of enterprise cloud services; (ii) methods and mechanisms for cloud service governance and quality control; (iii) methods and mechanisms for cloud service failure prevention and recovery; (iv) methods and mechanisms for continuous optimization of cloud services.
The Broker@Cloud consortium, lead by SINTEF (Norway), consists of seven partners from four EU countries: CAS Software AG (Germany), Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems (Greece); SAP AG (Germany); South-East European Research Centre (Greece); SingularLogic SA (Greece) and The University of Sheffield (UK).
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Coordinator

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Address

Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim

Norway

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 868 021

Administrative Contact

Annebeth Osa (Ms.)

Participants (6)

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SAP SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 637 867

CAS SOFTWARE AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 365 594

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 411 442

KENTRO EREVNON NOTIOANATOLIKIS EVROPIS ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIREIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 425 000

SINGULARLOGIC ANONYMI ETAIREIA PLIROFORIAKON SYSTIMATON KAI EFARMOGON PLIROFORIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 275 466

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 404 610

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 318392

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 962 598

  • EU contribution

    € 3 388 000

Coordinated by:

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway