The objective of the project is the optimisation of the life cycle of the services offered by a Cloud, both at service provider and infrastructure provider level, taking into account all of the phases, from the building to the deployment and operation of the service. OPTIMIS will produce a toolkit that covers the entire service life cycle and numerous deployment scenarios, with confidence, reliability, risk, cost, ecological efficiency and legal aspects as the principal optimisation factors.
OPTIMIS is driven by the idea that hybrid Clouds shall be the model of the future, since they will enable private Clouds to interact in an integrated manner with a varied ecosystem of public Clouds under numerous models using Brokers and Aggregators. The objective of OPTIMIS is that companies and organisations can, automatically and transparently, externalise services and applications to hybrid Cloud providers offering guarantees and reliability. As such, OPTIMIS plans to give support and facilitate the appearance of an ecosystem of providers and end customers that will benefit from an optimised operation of services and infrastructures.
The consortium has already started the development of a 'Software Infrastructure as a Service (SIaaS)' which enables organisations to automatically distribute the most appropriate execution channels for a service, be it on locally installed resources or on the public or private Cloud, depending on price, security requirements, eco-efficiency, risk, cost and confidence, amongst other criteria. The OPTIMIS software will support hybrid Cloud models, as well as the creation of a market in which the Cloud providers and their services shall be secure and reliable for consumers.
There is a plan to use the OPTIMIS specifications and tools to develop a few models or real cases that will demonstrate the possibilities of new generation Cloud architectures:
Atos (Spain) is the project co-ordinator, and also participating in the consortium are the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (Spain), BT Group (United Kingdom), Flexiant (United Kingdom), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany), ICCS-NTUA (Greece), SAP (Germany), The 451 Group (United Kingdom), Umea University (Sweden), University of Stuttgart and Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany), City University of London and Leeds University (United Kingdom) and Arsys (Spain).
You can find more information on the project at www.optimis-project.eu/