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EC workshop on Cloud Computing SLAs in FP7, Brussels, 27 May 2013

Mick Symonds of Atos presented Helix Nebula at the Workshop on “Cloud Computing SLAs in FP7 - Exploitation of Research Results”, organised by the unit CONNECT E2 "Software & Services, Cloud" of the European Commission in Brussels on 27 May 2013.
This was an expert workshop focusing on exploiting the research results of projects in the domain of Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and was attended by representatives of many of the projects funded by FP7.
The main objective of this workshop was to exploit the SLA research outcomes stemming from European and National research projects, and deliver recommendations on how to integrate these outcomes into the on-going policy work on SLAs of the Cloud Select Industry (SIG) Group, set-up by the EC Vice-President Neelie Kroes to help in the implementation of the Cloud Computing Communication actions.
The workshop was structured around different and complementary SLA thematic areas (e.g. specifications modelling, holistic management, cloud federations SLAs, real-time and storage clouds SLAs, SLA enforcement supporting mechanisms - such as scalability and QoS monitoring, etc.), each one being addressed by the corresponding European and National research projects.
An impressive list of EU projects was represented, including CloudScale, Q-ImPrESS, OPTIMIS, SmartLM, CoreGRID, PHOSPHORUS, IRMOS, SLA@SOI, FI-WARE, MODAClouds, Cloud4SOA, CONTRAIL, 4CaaSt, VISION Cloud, plugIT, BREIN, MCN,ETICS, GEYSERS, mPlane, CumuloNimbo, Stream, Cloud-TM, as well as Helix Nebula and a number of national research projects.
The discussions were structured around SLA Specifications, Languages & Modelling, SLA Management, SLA Enforcement Supporting Mechanisms; the technical and practical means of establishing and managing SLAs.
Helix Nebula was presented as a project which had done a lot of thinking and development on what SLAs were needed, and as a candidate to make use of the methods determined by others.
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