Position papers

EUBrasilCloudFORUM is collecting position papers from all stakeholders interested in the Workshop on Cloud Networks and Cloudscape Brazil 2016 (6-7 July, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil), the forum for EU-BR Co-operation on ICT. Position papers will be used to draft a research Roadmap on cloud computing, identifying collaboration needs and opportunities between Europe and Brazil for the European Commission and to the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCTI), contributing to the definition of future cooperation priorities between the two regions.

Position Papers will be the basis of a White Paper to be submitted to the EC and MCTI before the EU-Brazil Policy Dialogues in ICT in November 2016.


Addressing privacy and security issues for data processing in the cloud

The lack of adequate dependability is increasingly becoming the primary barrier to the broad adoption of cloud computing, not only in the critical infrastructure domain but also in all domains in which the survival of a company depends on the reliability of the cloud. Hence, the cloud becomes itself a critical infrastructure for which we need to guarantee sufficient dependability such that we can justifiably place our trust in the hosted applications.

Authors:  Andrey Brito, Luigi Romano, Stefan Köpsell & Christof Fetzer

The alignment of Brazilian Bill no. 5276 with the European GDPR

Today, Europe and Brazil are experiencing a unique opportunity to work on an EU-Brazil harmonised data protection framework, with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), aligning data protection laws across the 28 Member States, which is a good example to apply in Brazil, where a new data protection (Bill no. 5276, hereinafter referred only as “Bill”) is currently under discussion.

Author:  Nicola Franchetto – Senior Associate ICT Legal Consulting & CloudWATCH2 partner

Opportunities for HPC in the Cloud

High-Performance Computing (HPC) researchers found in Cloud Computing a viable alternative to execute their workloads instead, or expanded the capability, of a cluster or a supercomputer. Several applications were successful migrated to the Cloud, such as weather prediction numerical models, genomics, seismic simulation, among others. However, normally the applications are migrated to the Cloud "as is" without modifications that can take advantages of the cloud model.

Author:  Philippe Olivier Alexandre Navaux, professor at the Universidade Federal of Rio Grande do Sul and Computer Science Area Director of CAPES

Automated Deployment and Management of Self-* Applications on Hybrid Clouds

This position paper outlines an intercontinental research whose goal is twofold: (i) low code implementation of portable cloud applications with self-configuration, self-healing, self-recovery capabilities; (ii) low code automation of installation, configuration, and setup of self-* applications on hybrid clouds.

Authors:  L. M. Hillah (France) , R. Assad (Brazil), A. Bertolino (Italy), L. Maesano (France), Juliano Iyoda (Brazil)

The GigaPonto Project - Commodity computing based cloud infrastructure

The successful development of a cloud environment must provide high connectivity, information security compliance and fully compliant with Brazilian law. In this context, GigaCandanga is developing the GigaPonto Project, which proposes to provide inexpensive and reliable data center infrastructure using commodity computing and recycled intermodal containers.

Authors:  Paulo A. A. Resende, Leonardo Lazarte, André C. Drummond

European Open Science Cloud as an opportunity for intercontinental collaboration

The EC identified a need to create a baseline European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) for European researchers and their global scientific collaborators by integrating and consolidating e-infrastructure platforms, federating existing scientific clouds and research infrastructures, and supporting the development of cloud-based services. The two biggest existing federated pan-European e-Infrastructures, EGI Federation and EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure, have joined forces with INDIGO-DataCloud to put together a proposal (EOSC-Hub) to the EC which focuses on creation and integration of a management system (the Hub) of the future European Open Science Cloud that delivers a catalogue of services, software and data from these infrastructures as well as other major research e-Infrastructures.

Author: Ognjen Prnjat on behalf of EGI Federation and EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure

CloudTeams - A community growth and collaborative development tool for software teams and end-users

The CloudTeams collaboration platform (www.cloudteams.eu) bridges the gap between end-users and software developers and helps to follow a methodology for structured project development. It is not a solution for traditional software houses; it is a new way of thinking for agile software development.

Author: Sabine Kolvenbach - Fraunhofer FIT (DE), Clemens Putschli - Fraunhofer FIT (DE), Sotiris Koussouris - NTUA (GR)

Ustore – Innovating and reducing costs on cloud ready management solutions

Ustore have been developing and delivering such products to several clients in Brazil for about five years, leveraging private cloud infrastructures and allowing companies of all size to keep and maintain their sensitive data in the house. This position paper describes Ustore products and their evolution over the last year. These products may help on reducing costs with third party services is the long term, such as corporate e-mail or file storage.

Authors:  Rodrigo Elia Assad, Vinicius Cardoso Garcia, Leandro Marques do Nascimento, Ustore

Towards a Brazilian Programme for Open Research Data

The Brazilian Institute of Information for Science and Technology, IBICT, and the Brazilian National Research and Education Network, RNP, are working on a proposal for a national programme to promote Open Access to Research Data.

Leonardo Lazarte, IBICT


SLA-Ready: A lifecycle approach to Cloud Service Level Agreements so SMEs know what to expect, what to do and what to trust

To lower the entry barriers to cloud services for small and large firms alike, SLA-Ready provides a suite of practical tools and services, so they know what to expect, what to do and what to trust. SLA-Ready goes beyond the contract signing to assist cloud customers in every phase of the service lifecycle, from assessment to operation and termination. Special attention is paid guiding customers on security and data protection levels so they do not need to be ICT-savvy.

 Stephanie Parker, Nicholas Ferguson and Matteo Scarpellini, Trust-IT Services

CloudWATCH2 – Helping cloud service customers become security-savvy through risk management profiling

Cloud computing has become pretty much a staple in the start-up and SME culture because it radically reduces barriers to entry in almost any sector without the need for upfront investments. Many of these small firms, however, lack the expertise to assess and monitor the security measures of a cloud service provider necessary to protect their data and business assets in an increasingly digital economy. Herein lies the value of CloudWATCH2.

 Jesus Luna, Cloud Security Alliance, Nicholas Ferguson and Stephanie Parker, Trust-IT Services

Interdisciplinary Research for Cloud Computing: Future and challenges

The rise of cloud computing as a universal platform for providing all kinds of services to users and organizations demands research and development in all levels of computing systems. Starting from the hardware level, we may highlight the continuous need for mechanisms that improve the support to virtualization, which also affects significantly the operating system architecture and the interfaces to hardware and functions provided to user level.

 Wagner Meira Jr., Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

HPC and Cloud Computing

The Cloud Computing model has arrived as a viable alternative to clusters and supercomputers that traditionally have been used to execute High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications. By using the cloud, it is possible to configure experimental or production environments without upfront investments. Moreover, due to the elasticity characteristics of the model, it is possible to have access to a virtually unlimited amount of resources. These two are the main keys of the cloud computing paradigm that attract the attention of the HPC community. However, the cloud is still not ready to substitute traditional HPC environments for all kinds of user needs.

 Philippe Olivier Alexandre Navaux, Eduardo Roloff, Emmanuell Diaz Carreño, Jimmy Valverde Sanchez, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Cloud28+ - A Cloud of Clouds to address the Digital Single Market Strategy and to support Enterprises and Public Sector Agencies

In today’s age of smartphones and tablets, European consumers regularly turn to digital app marketplaces to meet their needs for entertainment and tools to improve their daily lives. In turn, these app stores offer software companies of all sizes the opportunity to reach millions of potential customers. App ratings and recommendations guide the consumer in his/her selection, providing an increased opportunity for quality service providers to prosper.  

Claudio Caimi, Mailys Demeoulte, Andrea Monaci, Cloud28+

Cyber-Physical Systems of Systems meet the Cloud

Many organizations using and managing CyberPhysiscal systems need to perform more and more sophisticated real time management of the collected data from sensors to guide the physical actuation of their systems and to have thri systems interacting with the surrounding environment and similar systems. Peole, citizens and orginizations who are expecting more and more sophisticatted and yet smooth and unnoticeable immersion of their appliances with the surrounding environment.

 Andrea Bondavalli, University of Florence, Italy

Cloud + IoT = New Software Requirements

Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things have opened up a new space for innovation opportunities, which not only present many new requirements, in comparison to traditional software, but that share many of these new requirements among many of them. Hence, development costs can be reduced by the introduction of new and appropriate software tool aimed specifically at this scenario.

 Roberto C Mayer - CEO at MBI


Protecting user data on the Cloud in the era of the new EU GDPR with Confidential and Compliant Clouds - Coco Cloud

Sharing data through the cloud securely and privately is a major concern in today’s digital economy. Recent approval of the new European Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) strengthens the data protection needs for individuals and the necessity of data-centric approaches to information security. Confidential and Compliant Clouds (Coco Cloud) is an EU FP7 project that has the goal to offer a data protection platform for information sharing between individuals and organisations or between organisations, including the sharing of personal or sensitive data, in accordance to applicable laws, vertical markets regulations, and end user privacy preferences.

 Claudio Caimi, Fabio Martinelli, Mirko Manea, Marinella Petrocchi, Francesco Di Cerbo,  Jose F. Ruiz, Paolo Mori

Enhancing Cloud Security and Trust with Context-aware Usage Control Policies

The value of data is more and more appreciated, and data-centric business models are gaining popularity in the age of »big data« applications. However, to facilitate large-scale data business across organizational boundaries—especially in cloud environments—, we need to reconcile two conflicting goals: the free exchange of data assets on the one hand, and the protection of intellectual property, trade secrets, and privacy on the other hand.

Christian Jung,, Manuel Rudolph, Reinhard Schwarz

From Consumer to Industrial IoT. How Megatrends are shaping our society.

From Consumer to Industrial IoT. How Megatrends are shaping our society. We are currently living a very intense and ever changing period in the tech industry. In the past changing did not happen so fast, we had transitions or evolutions, from Mainframes to Mini computers to PC´s, from desktops to mobile devices, changes usually took a few years to consolidate. Today instead we have to deal with at least five major waves or Tsunamis.

 Welson Barbosa, EMC and SNIA Brasil

Usto.re – Innovating and reducing costs on private cloud management solutions

Information security is a major concern of private or public organizations of all size. After WikiLeaks’ publications followed by Edward Snowden’s revelations, a worldwide red alert has been sent. Overall, information is becoming the main asset of any type of business and transmitting, processing or storing it need to be executed with caution.

 Leandro M. Nascimento, Rodrigo E. Assad, Vinicius C. Garcia, Usto.re

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