Support Action funded by European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme

A two-year project kicking off in October 2012, OCEAN will contribute to the emergence of a sustainable open cloud business ecosystem in Europe. It will do this by generating synergies and economies of scale among collaborative open source computing research projects. Only by closing the gaps, eliminating the overlaps, and avoiding the missed opportunities that often characterize open source projects will OCEAN be able to achieve its goals of fostering an open cloud ecosystem.

Creating a Directory of Open Cloud Projects

OCEAN will focus on three types of open cloud projects:

–  European FP7 research projects,
–  European national open cloud projects,
–  Japanese open cloud projects.

Four-Pronged Approach

OCEAN has developed a four-pronged approach to reach its goal of fostering the emergence of a sustainable open source cloud ecosystem and boosting market innovation in Europe. The four-point strategy is defined below:

– Creating Trust: After identifying open source projects in Europe and Japan, OCEAN will create an online Open Cloud Innovation Directory and Information Exchange Network.  With this, OCEAN will be able to collect descriptions of current collaborative projects developing Open Cloud components with special attention to software availability, licenses and technical documentation.

– Developing Synergies: To create an environment of cooperation among projects where synergies are apparent, OCEAN will propose an Open Cloud Interoperability Framework. In so doing, OCEAN will provide a relative positioning or functional mapping of these projects, in relation to key standards and reference models provided by leading standard-defining organizations such as NIST, ETSI, DMTF, OGF, etc. giving the basis for cross-projects interoperability and integration. It will be done in cooperation with projects and under guidance of specially created group of cloud experts or in the context of other established initiatives at EU level. On the basis of the framework and identified interoperability gaps between the projects, OCEAN will propose an Open Cloud Interoperability Roadmap toward the establishment of a fully operative Open Source Cloud Stack.

– Ensuring Compliance: OCEAN will certify the intrinsic quality of open source software and ensure their compliance to cloud standards. It will provide online Build, Test and Certification tools as well as a beta-test service to validate independently the quality of open source software artefacts from open cloud projects and to enable these projects to build and test their software. These services will support the projects and in so doing will motivate them to collaborate with OCEAN.

– Maintaining Action: In order to foster cooperation and integration among collaborative research projects, OCEAN will organize two annual Plugfests that will enable project teams to work on the integration and interoperability of their software. Plugfests will also be organised in cooperation with other cloud initiatives such as those organised by OGF and SNIA. OCEAN will also involve Japanese cloud experts in plugfests.