The European Commission FP7 funded Cloud4SOA initiative (Cloud Interoperability Framework and Platform for User-Centric, Semantically-Enhanced Service-Oriented Applications Design, Deployment and Distributed Execution) aims to combine three fundamental and complementary computing paradigms, namely cloud computing, service oriented architectures (SOA) and lightweight semantics, to propose a reference architecture and deploy fully operational prototypes.
At its high pace the cloud paradigm brings associated risks, as well, with vendor "lock-in" among the top of the list. Cloud vendors will be pressed to ensure interoperability with parallel (and competing) platforms as users become more invested in their hosting services and environment. The future will need a compromise between vendor-distinct innovation and user-friendly standardization that allows movement of applications and data between providers.
Although standardization is in its infancy for clouds, the call for this interoperability between vendors’ platforms not only serves to surpass this barrier in adoption but also ensures increased competition in this evolving user-focused market.>>The Cloud4SOA approach
The Cloud4SOA Reference Architecture will then be designed to resolve the most problematic semantic interoperability issues, introducing an open, generic architecture for a semantically interoperable cloud, capitalizing on service oriented architecture, lightweight semantics and user-centric design and development principles.
To validate this architecture, Cloud4SOA will implement, deploy and evaluate its usability, applicability and adaptability by developing a proof-of-concept platform which will be applied in different scenarios and setups across three European industrial and business showcases.>>The European SME cloud market
As a catalyst, Cloud4SOA will establish an expert group on cloud semantic interoperability to aid the community building process for discussion and development in Europe. This group will also be an important external feedback vehicle for project results, including the Cloud4SOA Semantic Interoperability Framework.>>About the Cloud4SOA consortium
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