Flexiant Invited to Produce White Paper for Acclaimed Industry Think Tank ECOWS 2010

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Flexiant to contribute paper on advanced cloud bursting to influential web services conference

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The cloud based delivery model for IT resources is revolutionising the IT industry. But as it moves from the laboratory to mass market, many technical and business issues need to mature before it can be widely adopted for commercial use.

Flexiant, the revolutionary cloud software and services company, has been invited to contribute a scientific paper on advanced cloud bursting to the influential European Conference On Web Services (ECOWS) 2010.

Flexiant’s contribution covers Advanced Cloud Bursting as well as management and security during bursting, a specialist area for the company. Other collaborators on the paper include Atos Origin, BT, City of London University, University College London and Umea Universitet.

Tabassum Sharif, Flexiant’s Director of Operations explains: “The cloud based delivery model for IT resources is revolutionising the IT industry. But as it moves from the laboratory to mass market, many technical and business issues need to mature before it can be widely adopted for commercial use.

“The inability to seamlessly burst between internal cloud and external cloud platforms is a significant shortcoming of current cloud solutions. The failure to allow brokerage between multiple cloud providers or to combine them into a composite service inhibits the free and open competition that would help the market mature.”

The prestigious invitation follows Flexiant’s high profile participation in 4CAAST, a nine million euro EU FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) project to enable the transition of large telecommunication providers like Nokia, Orange and Ericsson onto the cloud for the first time.

The aim of 4CAAST is to bring the cloud to a wider audience so that end consumers benefit from efficiency savings, improved service and ultimately lower running costs for telecommunication providers.

Flexiant’s paper for ECOWS describes the concepts of cloud bursting and cloud brokerage and discusses management and security issues associated with the two models. It also presents a possible architectural framework capable of powering the brokerage based cloud services currently being considered in the scope of the EU FP7 project.

The European Conference on Web Services (ECOWS) is the premier conference for both researchers and practitioners to exchange the latest advances and practice of Web services. The main objectives are to facilitate the exchange between researchers and practitioners and to foster future collaborations in Europe and beyond.

The ECOWS 2010 conference will include invited speakers, presentations of contributed research papers and an industrial track with the participation of top researchers in industry. ECOWS 2010 will also include a PhD symposium and satellite workshops.

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