BEACON: NEW €3.6 MILLION PROJECT TO ENABLE FEDERATED CLOUD NETWORKING

Today a consortium of leading research organisations and universities from the U.K., Germany, Spain, Belgium, Israel and Italy has announced the launch of the BEACON project. The focus is to develop new innovative techniques to federate cloud network resources and to derive the integrated management cloud layer that enables an efficient and secure deployment of federated cloud applications.

The BEACON project will deliver a homogeneous virtualization layer, on top of heterogeneous underlying physical networks, computing and storage infrastructures, providing enablement for automated federation of applications across different clouds and datacenters. Project Coordinator, Philippe Massonet, said:

“BEACON sets out to research and develop innovative techniques to federate cloud network resources. This will allow cloud providers to collaborate and create a large shared pool of resources at multiple network locations.”

BEACON is a collaboration between CETIC (Belgium), Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), OpenNebula Systems (Spain), IBM Israel (Israel), Universita di Messina (Italy), Lufthansa Systems (Germany), and Flexiant (U.K.). The joint project is co-funded under the ICT theme of HORiZON 2020 Research Programme of the European Union.

Massonet continued:

“There is a strong industry demand for automated solutions to federate cloud network resources, and to derive the integrated management cloud layer that enables an efficient and secure deployment of resources and services independent of their location across distributed infrastructures. From big companies and large cloud providers interested in unifying and consolidating multiple data centers or cloud sites to SMEs building hybrid cloud configurations, federated cloud networking is needed to support the automated deployment of applications across different clouds and data centers.”

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