Cloud Computing Proposal for an European Strategic Research Agenda

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Cloud Computing Proposal for an European Strategic Research Agenda

  1. 1. Cloud Computing Proposal for an European Strategic Research Agenda June 2009 e-mail: francesco.ruffino@nice-software.com Ing. Francesco Ruffino
  2. 2. About NICE <ul><li>The Italian Grid Company </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive Grid Solutions since 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial & Research Grids </li></ul><ul><li>Know-how: </li></ul><ul><li>Grid Portal ( EnginFrame product line) </li></ul><ul><li>Application gridification, Workflows, Methodologies </li></ul><ul><li>Middleware tuning </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise in EU projects: </li></ul><ul><li>BEInGrid, A-WARE, DEISA, EGEE and others… </li></ul><ul><li>Involved in EGI and NESSI </li></ul>
  3. 3. From Grid to Cloud <ul><li>Europe has gained a significant advantage in the field of Grid Computing, compared to USA and North America. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the concepts developed by the Grid Community can be adopted in the Cloud arena. </li></ul><ul><li>So why the most important Cloud providers are in the US? </li></ul><ul><li>Even if the technologies are similar, the Grid standardization process can’t work in this context: </li></ul>
  4. 4. A new standardization approach <ul><li>Grid initiatives started from the Research Community (with a &quot;natural&quot; feeling for collaboration). </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud Technologies are coming from companies like Amazon, Google, etc... The same process can’t be applied to different &quot;actors&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Please note that none of these big players are European. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Standards are not enough <ul><li>What is important for European citizens is to define a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Cloud Computing. </li></ul><ul><li>Standardization is only a part of the whole agenda; other questions need to be answered: </li></ul><ul><li>-U.S. ICT economy is focusing on CC: what's the European answer? How we can be more competitive? </li></ul><ul><li>-What's the link between existing grid platform and new cloud offering? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Standards are not enough (cont.) <ul><li>-Is there any link between the NESSI efforts and the EGI efforts? </li></ul><ul><li>-And what about the network (Terena and broadband adoption at EU and National level)? </li></ul><ul><li>- How to avoid data locking in Amazon (or other U.S. services) Cloud? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Goals <ul><li>The SRA will support for standardization and collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>It will interconnect CC standardization bodies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OGF OCCI-WG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.cloudcommunity.org/wiki/Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It will identify and support actions relating to the need for interoperability within Cloud technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>It will maximize the impact of projects in this area (NESSI projects, Belief, Grid initiatives, etc…) with a special focus on SME-oriented technology </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer actions such as dissemination and training need to be defined. </li></ul><ul><li>Objective ICT-2009.1.2.c </li></ul>
  8. 8. Risk or Opportunities? <ul><li>In his latest paper Prof. David Patterson has highlighted the most worrying risks for the Cloud technology. But behind every risk there is an opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>The SRA will help the European enterprises (especially SMEs) to take advantage of these opportunities while reducing the risks of Cloud adoptions. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Risk vs. Opportunity
  10. 10. Thank you! For feedbacks, comments and further information please contact: [email_address] And visit: http://ccesra.wordpress.com /

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