Future Cloud Cluster


The aim of Future Cloud Cluster is to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration for research and innovation initiatives that address next generation Cloud Computing challenges and issues, including diverse forms of distributed computing (Cloud, Multi-Cloud, Edge, Fog, Ad-hoc and Mobile computing).

These comprises research on diverse areas  encountered in Future Cloud software and Infrastructure management such as: integration of heterogeneous devices ranging from high performance computing ones to mobile devices; development and design of decentralised service-oriented systems; improvements to virtualization, data and workload abstraction technologies; service management and QoS; or the automation the organisation and management of the back-end resources.

Together with research in the interoperability and portability of across these diverse and heterogeneous computing environments:  Research areas addressing trends associated with the hyper distribution of computing; Consideration of interoperability, portability, elasticity, self-organisation  across many and heterogeneous resources in edge clouds, private enterprise clouds, aggregated cloud models and large Cloud set-ups;  Orchestration and placement problems addressing heterogeneity and trade-offs among consistency, reliability, availability, cost and performance.; and management models that cope with decentralisation and distribution of computing considering enhanced workload portability abilities, richer fault-tolerance verification with complexities at level of extreme scalability and parallelisation.

Today a number of research projects are already analysing these research areas from diverse perspectives and approaches. The main aim for this cluster is to foster collaboration among these existing research initiatives.

The goal of the cluster it is to create a critical mass of projects addressing the topic of multi-cloud and inter-cloud approaches so to share experiences, collaborate on approaches and discuss challenges for adoption and future research.

Within this cluster we aim to offer a forum in which to collaborate in order to elaborate a broad EU perspective of the Inter-cloud question, so to establish means of project’s collaboration in two ways:


  • Technical collaboration across projects
  • Collaboration on scientific papers
  • Share/Develop best practices to approach technical collaboration with Open Source Communities
  • Developing roadmaps for future research

Dissemination & Exploitation

  • Organisation of joint workshops with both academic and industry focus
  • Support to individual projects by organising project innovation management events
    • Approach to EIT Labs, FIWARE or others identified in the future.
    • Organise joint exploitation workshops so to bring together researchers, technology transfer experts, legal experts, industrial experts, as well as external venture capital experts and get recommendations for projects.
  • Whitepapers on specific topics.

The following key research areas have been identified as key research areas for Future Cloud.


Contributing projects

Project Name URL
ACCORDION Adaptative Edge/Cloud compute and network to support nextgen applications https://www.accordion-project.eu/
FED4IOT Federating IoT and cloud infrastructures to provide scalable and interoperable Smart Cities applications, by introducing novel IoT virtualization technologies https://fed4iot.org/
FogProtect Protecting Sensitive Data in the Computing Continuum https://fogprotect.eu/
H-CLOUD The Forum for Strategy Focused Cloud Stakeholders http://www.h-cloud.eu/
M-SEC Multi-layered Security technologies to ensure hyper connected smart cities with Blockchain, BigData, Cloud and IoT http://www.msecproject.eu
PLEDGER Paving the way for Next-generation Edge computing http://www.pledger-project.eu
SODALITE SOftware Defined AppLication Infrastructures managemenT and Engineering https://www.sodalite.eu/
SmartCLIDE The Stairway to Cloud https://smartclide.eu/
AppHub The European Open Source Market Place http://www.apphub.eu.com
ASCETiC Adapting Service lifecycle towards Efficient Clouds www.ascetic-project.eu
BASMATI Cloud Brokerage Across Borders For Mobile Users And Applications http://www.basmati.cloud
BEACON Enabling Federated Cloud Networking www.beacon-project.eu
CLOUDLIGHTNING Self-organising, Self-managing heterogeneous cloud www.cloudlightning.eu
CloudPerfect Find YOUR perfect Cloud cloudperfect.eu
CloudSocket Business and IT-Cloud Alignment using a Smart Socket http://www.cloudsocket.eu
CYCLONE Complete Dynamic Multi-cloud Application Management www.cyclone-project.eu
DECIDE DevOps for trusted, portable and interoperable multi-Cloud applications towards the Digital single market www.decide-h2020.eu
DITAS Data-intensive applications Improvement by moving daTA and computation in mixed cloud/fog environmentS www.ditas-project.eu
Elastest An elastic platform to ease end to end testing elastest.eu
ENTICE Decentralised repositories for transparent and efficient virtual machine operations www.entice-project.eu
EUBrasilCloudForum Fostering and International Dialogue between Europe and Brazil eubrasilcloudforum.eu
INPUT INPUT Project input-project.eu
IOSTACK Software-defined Storage toolkit for Big Data iostack.eu
mF2C Towards an Open, Secure, Decentralised and Coordinated Fog-to-Cloud Management Ecosystem www.mf2c-project.eu
MICHELANGELO MICHELANGELO Project www.mikelangelo-project.eu
ModaClouds Model-Driven Approach for design and execution of applications on multiple Clouds www.modaclouds.eu 
mOSAIC Open-Source API and Platform for Multiple Clouds www.mosaic-cloud.eu
PaaSage Model-based Cloud Platform Upperware www.paasage.eu
RAPID Heterogeneous Secure Multi-Level Remote Acceleration Servies for Low-Power Integrated System and Devices rapid-project.eu
RECAP Reliable Capacity Provisioning and Enhanced Remediation for Distributed Cloud Applications recap-project.eu
SeaClouds Agility after the deployment www.seaclouds-project.eu
SPECS Secure Provisioning of Cloud Services based on SLA Management http://www.specs-project.eu/
SSICLOPS Scalable and Secure Infrastructures for Cloud Operations www.ssiclops.eu
SWITCH Software Workbench for Interactive, Time Critical and Highly self-adaptive Cloud applications www.switchproject.eu


Research Roadmap Update – September 2017

This document presents the Cluster vision for 2030 including views on overall Cloud Computing challenges, Technological, Societal and European dimension of the challenges.  In addition to this, the document presents initial work on Research areas and its associated research and development areas

Research Roadmap Update – October 2016

This document updates the initial work of the Inter-cloud Challenges, Expectations and Issues Cluster concerning the identification of Research Areas and Challenges.

Inter-cloud Challenges, Expectations and Issues Cluster Position Paper – December 2015

It provides an initial research roadmap for Inter-Cloud computing development areas as well as classification on different areas of work for on-going and past projects.

  • The paper identifies a Cluster’s vision of Inter-Cloud topics development by 2020 and it presents and prioritizes both research areas and specific research challenges.
  • In addition, we produce a analysis of EU funded research projects in Inter-Cloud area in  which we have classified existing project’s work in relation to: Inter-operability approach, Topics and Scenarios addressed, Standards used and enabled Use Cases.


Next steps

  • Set-up Technical Working groups for more detailed collaborations among project’s in the cluster.
  • Participation in EU Research Events in 2017-2018


  • Ana Juan Ferrer, Atos
  • Maria Tsakali, European Commission


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