Thank you for your participation at the Future of Clouds conference!
The Future of Clouds was a great success with fascinating presentations and interesting discussions, where experts and researchers had the chance to meet and share their knowledge with each other. We are extremely glad that we met many of you so thank you for being there!
Best regards:
 
Dirk Muthig
Head of „CTO & Innovations”
 
Below you can find the press release of the Future of Clouds conference.

WHAT IS NEXT IN CLOUDS

BUDAPEST, 29. September 2016 – Cloud computing is one of the technologies with greatest potential not only in IT industry but also in diverse sectors and industries. However, several legal and corporate rules must be met in a high safety and security demanding environment. On 27 September, leading experts of European top universities, research institutions and IT companies demonstrated the most recent solutions for cloud-based services at the Future of Clouds conference in Budapest.
The conference tackled the issue of cloud computing and new opportunities in different industries, for example aviation IT. Personal interactions between passengers and airlines will be less and less, while digital interactions will become dominant. Customers can already buy tickets online and check-in for their flights from home and thus they do not need to get in touch with the airline’s staff.
„However, it is still critically important for these companies to impress customers, for instance, with the help of big data analytics, which enables them to improve their services” – said Dirk Muthig, Head of CTO & Innovations at Lufthansa Systems Hungária. - “Cloud computing is how computing is done – not where” – pointed out Muthig.
The conference focused on the projects of the Horizon 2020 and FP7 Programs, which determine the R&D as well as innovation policy of the European Union between 2014 and 2020. These publicly funded collaborative research projects aim at coupling research and innovation in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice. A total of more than € 14 million is spent on devising and exploring the advantages of solutions for cloud-based applications development and operation. In April 2016, the European Commission launched the four clusters of EU-funded projects (eucloudclusters.wordpress.com) working on Cloud solutions, which aim at maximizing the impact of the projects and seek for synergies and collaboration.
“The main challenges of cloud platform providers are overcoming platform deployment interface heterogeneity and providing elastic scalability of cloud platforms” – said Prof. Dr. Keith G. Jeffery, scientific coordinator of the PaaSage project. PaaSage is an open source integrated platform that supports the design and deployment of Cloud applications, together with an accompanying methodology that supports model-based development, configuration, optimization, and the deployment of existing and new applications independently of the existing underlying Cloud infrastructures.
The BEACON project supports the automated deployment of applications and services across different clouds and data-centers. “The main objective of the project is to define and implement a federated cloud network framework that enables the provision of federated cloud infrastructures, with special emphasis on inter-cloud networking and security issues, to support the automated deployment of applications and services across different clouds and data-centers.” - said Philippe Massonet, scientific coordinator of BEACON.
The third EU project, MUSA (MUlti-cloud Secure Applications) is developing a holistic framework supporting the security-intelligent lifecycle management of multi-cloud applications, putting the focus on how security is defined at design time and continuously controlled at operation through security-aware contracts. “MUSA H2020 project aims at contributing to building up the innovation capacity and technology excellence of the European software and service industry, particularly Cloud services” – emphasized Stefan Spahr, Software Architect at Lufthansa Systems.

About the conference

A total of nearly € 14 million is spent on exploiting the advantages of cloud-based development and test solutions in the framework of Horizon 2020 and FP7 Program, which determine the R&D as well as innovation policy of the European Union between 2014 and 2020. The most important aspect of this initiative is that research must be in line with the actual industry requirements in order to enhance the competitiveness of the European Union’s IT companies. Universities, research institutions and IT experts, participating in the program presented the achievements and the pursued objectives to the professional audience at the Future of Clouds conference on the 27th September 2016 in Budapest.

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Speakers of Future of Clouds conference

Dr. Dirk Muthig, Head of CTO & Innovation at Lufthansa Systems Hungária;
Prof. Dr. Keith G. Jeffery, European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM EEIG);
Philippe Massonet, Scientific Coordinator, CETIC – ICT Applied Research Center;
Dipl-Inf. (FH) Stefan Spahr, Software Architect at Lufthansa Systems;
Dr. Alessandro Rossini, Research Scientist at SINTEF;
Dr. Geir Horn, Head of European ICT Projects at the University of Oslo;
Ferenc Frész, Cyber Services PLC

Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG

The main IT partner of the conference, Systems’ 1,900 experts help the safety and efficient operation of more than 300 airlines and airports since 1995, have also introduced its most innovative projects and daily work of product design, solution design, production design and platform design at an aviation IT tech fair after presentations and podium discussions around cloud computing.

Project PaaSage

PaaSage is a development and deployment platform, with an accompanying methodology and language, with which developers of enterprise systems can access services of cloud platforms in a technology neutral approach that abstracts the technical details while guiding them to configure their applications for best performance. Thanks to PaaSage, application developers and operators may easily develop and deploy applications on multiple Cloud infrastructures (like, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, FlexiOps Flexiscale, Eucalyptus, and others), taking advantage of flexibility, adaptivity and scalability, without the burden of caring about different infrastructure requirements and APIs. More on www.paasage.eu

Project BEACON

BEACON is a Research and Development project, which receives funding from the EU through its Horizon 2020 framework programme.
The main goal of this project is two­-fold: research and develop techniques to federated cloud network resources, and to derive the integrated management cloud layer that enables an efficient and secure deployment of federated cloud applications.
BEACON will deliver a homogeneous virtualization layer, on top of heterogeneous underlying physical networks, computing and storage infrastructures, providing enablement for automated federation of applications across different clouds and datacenters.
This project will define and implement a federated cloud network framework that enables the provision of federated cloud infrastructures, with special emphasis on intercloud networking and security issues, to support the automated deployment of applications and services across different clouds and datacenters. One of the key points of this project is that it is fully driven by real industry uses cases proposed by different cloud actors, such as cloud providers, cloud technology developers, and cloud-user companies and institutions, that are represented by the different partners of the project consortium.

Project MUSA

MUSA is also a Horizon 2020 framework project that aims at ensuring the security in multi-cloud environments. To this aim, MUSA framework combines 1) a preventive security approach, promoting Security by Design practices in the development and embedding security mechanisms in multi-cloud application, and 2) an active security approach, monitoring application runtime to mitigate security incidents, so multi-cloud application providers can be informed and react to them without losing end-user trust in the multi-cloud application. An integrated coordination of all phases in the application lifecycle management is needed in order to ensure the preventive oriented security to be embedded and aligned with reactive security measures.
In this sense, the MUSA framework aims to support security-aware multi-cloud application lifecycle management through a two-fold solution: (1) application components security assurance and (2) cloud resources security and performance monitoring.
The project is working in delivery of the following solutions that will constitute the MUSA framework: a modeler for architecting the multi-cloud application, a tool to perform the risk analysis, a tool to create the corresponding security-aware Service Level agreement of the application, a cloud services selection supporting tool, a multi-cloud deployer and a security assurance platform for monitoring and enforcing security at operation.