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COLA - Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application

  • Research and Innovation
  • European
Last updated: 2021-10-20 12:19

Strategic Goals

Typical industry and public sector applications require resource scalability and efficient resource utilization in order to serve a variable number of customers with dynamic resource demands, and to suitably optimize resource consumption and costs. However, the dynamic and intelligent utilization of cloud infrastructure resources from the perspective of cloud applications is not trivial.

Solutions Developed / Used

SMEs and public sector organizations increasingly investigate the possibilities to use cloud computing services in their everyday business conduct. Accessing services and resources in the cloud on-demand and in a flexible and elastic way could result in significant cost savings due to more efficient and convenient resource utilization that also replaces large investment costs with long term operational costs. On the other hand, the take up of cloud computing by SMEs and the public sector is still relatively low due to limited application-level flexibility and also security concerns. The Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application (COLA) project aims to increase the adoption of cloud computing services by the above mentioned two strategic target communities.

Description

Start Date 01/01/2017
End Date 30/09/2019
Project Focus
  • Operator
Geographical Scope
  • European
Cloud Delivery Model
  • IaaS
Project Life-Cycle Stage
  • Research and Innovation
Industry
  • Information and Communication
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
Specific Domains Targeted
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Technology
  • Big Data

Stakeholders


    Academic/Research Organisations
  • United Kingdom
    BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON (United Kingdom)
  • Hungary
    MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZAMITASTECHNIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATOINTEZET (Hungary)
  • Sweden
    RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB (Sweden)
  • Sweden
    RISE SICS AB (Sweden)
  • United Kingdom
    SAKER SOLUTIONS LIMITED (United Kingdom)
  • United Kingdom
    THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER LBG (United Kingdom)
  • Industry
  • Hungary
    BALABIT-EUROPE KERESKEDELMI ES SZOFTVERFEJLESZTO KFT (Hungary)
  • Hungary
    BALASYS IT KFT (Hungary)
  • Switzerland
    CLOUDBROKER GMBH (Switzerland)
  • Switzerland
    CLOUDSIGMA AG (Switzerland)
  • Germany
    CLOUDSME UG (Germany)
  • Spain
    INSTRUMENTACION Y COMPONENTES SA (Spain)
  • United Kingdom
    NOW:PENSIONS LTD (United Kingdom)
  • United Kingdom
    OUTLANDISH LLP (United Kingdom)
  • Switzerland
    SCALETOOLS AG (Switzerland)
  • Spain
    SOCIEDAD ARAGONESA DE GESTION AGROAMBIENTAL SL (Spain)
  • United Kingdom
    THE AUDIENCE AGENCY (United Kingdom)


EU Contribution
  • €2,975,081.00
Overall Budget
  • €4,188,703.76

⭐ Good Practice Description

Cola is a project funded by the Horizon 2020 funding program of the European Commission. With its MiCADO solution, it makes it easier to manage applications across hybrid- and multi-cloud environments. Using COLA, application developers can create cloud-enabled applications from existing applications with minimum effort and can make them available to customers.

Success Factors

Business Success

COLA created a technically strong, production-ready tool that is relevant in the fast-moving cloud development tools market. It has resulted in a promising spinoff research product, supported by a dedicated company. From a business standpoint, MiCADO is now being used in several follow-on research projects (e.g. DigitBrain and Asklepios), and commercial marketing is handled by CloudSME

Technology Innovation

Technically, the COLA project was very successful. The EC ranked COLA among the top 10 projects submitted under its H2020-ICT-06-2016 cloud computing call. This was achieved despite the rapid rate of change in cloud tools at the time, COLA was able to manage this transition with modest effort, highlighting the intelligent design of the MiCADO solution.

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