Timespan: 36 months from 2014 to 2017 EC Contribution: 3.221.591€ (50% of total budget) CloudOpting is a three-year effort accomplished by a pan-European consortium of 11 partners and co-funded by the EU ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The main goal of the project is to increase the usage of cloud computing by public administrations by providing a “plug-and-play”
platform where public institutions and government bodies can migrate existing IT systems in order to deliver online public services to citizens and third-parties, centrally manage operational data and citizen information within a controlled environment and allow citizens to develop innovative new services. The framework will be tested in pre-commercial pilots deployed and experimented in four European regions and cities – Barcelona (Spain), Piedmont (Italy), Corby (UK) and Molise (Italy) – the foremost two to act as infrastructure and service providers and the latter two as service hosts. The regions and municipalities will provide the infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and the Platform as a Service (PaaS), which can be transferred to other regions and/or countries to support public administrations to leverage cloud services. CloudOpting intends to enhance the adoption of cloud platforms by stimulating a change of practice in public authorities and thus enable efficient and transparent services and new market applications to private companies and citizens. The project has a number of key short and long-term target outcomes: – Improvement of current cloud services adding new shared elements to security and reliability – Encouragement of local companies as well as administrations and agencies to embrace the use of public data platforms and cloud applications, and – Growth of the overall demand for cloud services at a European level. The realization of the project will also result in a number of benefits including lowered time and cost barriers to deployment of own cloud infrastructures, improved manageability of resources and no in-house maintenance costs, provision of consumer-oriented front-end tools and interfaces resulting in an increased expectation and demand for complex services in ever-reducing timescales, and greener operations in the form of energy efficiency due to the reduced carbon footprint in shared resources. Furthermore, the cloud platform will enable users to focus on their core operations, thus avoid high upfront infrastructure investment and non-differentiating business activities.
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