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The EU wants to protect SMEs from unfair and unbalanced cloud computing contracts. Have your say!

The European SMEs, which have recently faced contract-related problems using cloud computer services, are invited to voice them, and contribute to the better cloud computing environment in Europe. Your data has been lost or destructed? Have you faced the unforeseen fees for the portability of data? Contractual terms and conditions were not clear or were unilaterally modified? If you can identify with these or similar issues, you are invited to fill in the survey here and influence the future of cloud computing services in Europe.

The purpose of this survey is to identify the problems that SMEs in the EU encounter by using cloud computing services. The survey serves as part of a bigger study which analyzes the economic damage to SMEs arising from unfair and unbalanced cloud computing contracts. The study will provide economic evidence for assessing the need for any further EU actions, be they legislative, soft law, awareness raising or other, to increase SMEs’ trust in cloud computing services and to allow them to fully reap the cost savings and other benefits stemming from cloud computing.

Target audience: SMEs who use cloud computing services and who are established in one of the 12 selected Member States and are active in one of the 5 selected economic sectors.

Member States selected: the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Spain, and The Netherlands.

Economic sectors selected (and their corresponding NACE codes): manufacturing (C); the wholesale and retail trade (G); professional, scientific and technical activities (M69-M74); administrative and support service activities (N); information and communication (J).

Period of consultation: from 13/04/2018 to 04/05/2018.

The study is carried out by Ernst & Young and commissioned by the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission.

Link to the SURVEY: Click HERE and have your say!

 

 

 

This information is taken from digitalsme.eu

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Unicorn: less costs and more security for entrepreneurs on the cloud

UNICORN cloud-computing software will ameliorate developers’ and entrepreneurs’ daily work.

How?

Here are some ideas shared by the project partners:

Software providers can focus on their core offerings and let Unicorn smartly handle elasticity, security and performance of their cloud services’, explains Sotiris Koussouris, from Suite5, one of the partners taking part in this project financed by the European Commission.

Besides, he states that this innovation will minimise operating expenses and maximise quality of service for their customers.

In addition to this, there are more good news for developers. Unicorn is empowering them to use high-level model-driven design tools to specify context-aware security and privacy solutions. This will enforce security and privacy policies in real time, according to Manos Papoutsakis, of FORTH, other partner from the UNICORN consortia.

In consequence, Papoutsakis underlines that ‘these tools will drastically reduce time-to-market for SMEs developing services for the global IT market, enabling them to rapidly design and build robust solutions that can be automatically deployed in multi-cloud infrastructures‘.

In line with these features, UNICORN allows developers to choose which parts of the application are deployed to which providers, and how all services are going to be orchestrated, as Diego Alonso – representative a from Cloud Incubator HUB– stresses.

What about security and data confidentiality? These are two of the biggest problems in software development. Alonso considers that compatibility with mainstream cloud providers and containerisation technologies will ease application deployment and scalability and will keep data secure.

To sum up, UNICORN will reduce costs of money and time for SMEs and startups when it comes to their cybersecurity and cloud computing management.

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Another step to improve multi-cloud software for SMEs and startups

The UNICORN project, co-financed by the European Union under the Horizon2020 Research and Innovation programme, brings together leading European research/academic institutions, industries and SMEs in the field of cloud and software technologies, which are meeting in Cyprus on the 1-2 June. The project team, formed of experienced specialists in a wide variety of areas, seeks to achieve one common goal: make cloud services easier for SMEs and startups! While the first day of their meeting is scheduled for the Plenary Session, the second one will also focus on technical topics and practical workshops: besides an overview of the project goals and concepts, the event will include some talks and practical exercises on innovative areas such as cloud management, code and online communication. In fact, UNICORN is also on the track to promote its achievements and disseminate them Europewide with a newly developed Roadmap that will be discussed in a meeting as well. How will this project make multi-cloud software more accesible for entrepreneurs? The project is going to simplify the design, deployment and management of multi-cloud services for SMEs. Besides, it will offer a better security in this kind of platforms. The innovation activities will be based upon existing solutions and developments to the largest possible extent.