EVRY: Independent and open platform for cloud-based applications
(Oslo, 6 November 2012) EVRY and SINTEF will work in collaboration with 13 other partners to develop an open platform that will support both the design and distribution of cloud-based applications. PaaSage is supported by EUR 6.3 million of funding from the European Commission, of which EUR 1 million will go to the Norwegian participants.
European industry, particularly small and medium-size companies, and the public sector, are currently falling behind in taking advantage of the benefits made possible by cloud computing.
This is partly because not enough applications are available, and the technology involved requires a high level of technical expertise. These disadvantages are reinforced by a high degree of interdependence between client applications and cloud-based platforms, and the fact that it is currently necessary to lock in with one provider in order to use cloud computing.
The European PaaSage initiative aims to make it possible for applications to be transferred to cloud computing with the help of a new platform that removes the need to lock in to a single provider. This will also make it possible to transfer programs from one cloud to another in response to pricing and other requirements.
"Our role as research specialists at SINTEF ICT will be to develop a language (Cloud modelling language) that will specify applications independently of the cloud computing provider", explains Geir Horn. This will make it possible for a client application specified using this language to be easily transferred from one provider to another. "We will also develop algorithms that can evaluate data about an application while it is running, making it possible to establish whether it would be better to run the application using cloud-based services from a different provider".
"There are several reasons for EVRY's involvement in PaaSage. Firstly, the project addresses the complexity and interdependencies that will result from the development of large cloud-based applications. Our involvement in PaaSage will give us first-hand expertise and competitive advantage for tackling these challenges. Secondly, EVRY is very focused on the modernisation of IT for the public sector, including central government, local government and healthcare. The availability of efficient cloud-based applications offering high quality and secure services delivered from Norwegian data centres will be an important catalyst for this process. We are committed to being the best choice as an interface between our customers' requirements and technology, and we see the opportunities to build bridges with the academic world and research projects as one of a range of important factors in achieving this objective", explains Frode Finnes Larsen, Product Manager at EVRY. "Finally, we want to recognise our social responsibility by contributing to more efficient and targeted use of research funds by applying the results to real-life pilot projects".
PaaSage is co-ordinated by ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics.
Frode Finnes Larsen, Product Director EVRY. Tel: +47 41503030
Geir Remmman, SVP Communication EVRY, +47 97055017
Geir Horn, SINTEF ICT. Tel: +47 93059335
EVRY is one of Scandinavia's leading IT corporations with strong community and regional ties to 50 Nordic cities. EVRY's insights, solutions and technological expertise allow strong participation in designing the IT society of the future and developing values that customers can use in their daily lives, in their businesses and in society. EVRY combines a high level of trade and technological expertise with regional distribution models and international exposure.
EVRY has about 10 000 employees; the company works purposefully to prove that Scandinavian customers are best served by the people who know Scandinavian conditions best. EVRY has an annual turnover of almost NOK 13 billion kroner. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and has its main office in Oslo. A significant amount of its business activity occurs in the Norwegian and Swedish markets. EVRY is the result of the merger between Norway's two leading IT companies in 2010: EDB Business Partner and ErgoGroup. www.evry.com
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