We are spreading the word: an easier cloud computer software is possible!
Unicorn was out yet for another adventure, as we participated in the 21st International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defences (RAID 2018) that was held in Heraklion Crete on 10-12 September.
Its aim is to gather researchers and practitioners from academia government, and industry from all over Europe with the goal to discuss research contributions related to computer and information security.
Our consortium partner FORTH participated in the event and presented UNICORN and its actions.
Find more information about the event here
On the 7th and 8th of June UNICORN held its plenary and technical meeting, hosted by Maggioli, in Rimini.
Besides ‘business as usual’ (such as discussions on the progress and results in different WPs, planning of the next months, etc.), project partners had some efficient workshops! Technical partners were working in the Integration session lead by UBITECH, while DIN kept the rest busy, developing the Project Plan for the CEN Workshop Agreement (see more about UNICORN’s standardisation activities here).
In addition, the project partners contributed to the Market Analysis, Business Plan and Innovation Management by developing their UNICORN Customer Empathy Maps in a workshop organised by Steinbeis.
Unicorn is a novel framework that helps SMEs and START-UPS to adopt cloud computing for the deployment of services. Developers can focus on developing their services using the suggested development paradigm and let Unicorn Orchestrator handle elasticity, security, resilience and performance across heterogeneous clouds, such as public or private enterprise clouds, or even hybrid clouds.
The UNICORN project consortium has made a decision to develop and produce a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) and thereof contribute to the European standardization environment. Although the CWA is not formally a European Standard, and involves no obligation at national level, it is considered as an important step towards the development of the European standard. In addition, the production process of the CWA is much faster and more flexible, thus it is more suitable for the project.
Production of the CEN Workshop Agreement will allow UNICORN to better and faster exploit the project results. The produced standard, or, in this case, the CWA, increases the interoperability and enables the comparison of UNICORN’s outcomes with the products already existing in the market. In addition, it will ensure a better dissemination of the UNICORN’s results to a wider community.
What is the CEN Workshop Agreement and how does it work?
Workshop Agreements are considered as the consensus documents developed during the workshops where any interested stakeholder can participate. First of all, the Project Plan and other relevant documents have to be submitted to the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC). The CCMC examines the documents and then publishes the draft Project Plan on their website for at least 30 days. In this way, all the interested stakeholders can get informed about the standardization proposal, and can submit their comments or express their interest to participate in the CWA development process.
At least 30 days after the publication of the draft Project Plan, the kick off meeting for the CWA can take place, where the Project Plan gets approved by the participants and a chairperson of the CEN-Workshop gets appointed. From this point on, the development of the CWA starts, and an entire process can take, on average, between 10-12 months. It is much faster than developing an actual standard, thus more suitable for the UNICORN project which will end in 2020.
In the lifespan of the CWA (which is 3 years, and can be extended to another 3), the CWA can get transformed into another type of standards deliverable, such as a Technical Specification or full European standard.
Next steps of the UNICORN consortium
In the next UNICORN consortium meeting (June, 2018), consortium partner DIN, which leads the standardisation activities, will organise a workshop on standard development. Together with other consortium partners, they will prepare the documents needed to initiate the CWA (draft Project Plan, self-assessment, analysis of interest). Afterwards, DIN will submit these documents to the CCMC, and continue with the CWA development process.
UNICORN is ready for another international event! The next one is the IOT WEEK, to be held in Bilbao (from 4th until 7th of June 2018). One partner from the consortium, Cloud Incubator Hub, will be one of the exhibitors. Participants are welcomed to visit the stand to know more about UNICORN cloud computing software for SMEs and startups.
The IoT Week gathers the community of stakeholders engaged in developing new Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and solutions.
Experts, researchers, IoT focused companies, research centres, European research projects, start-ups and international organizations will identify emerging trends and technologies that will impact the future.
The event is co-organized by the IoT Forum and IK4-TEKNIKER. The programme is available here.
UNICORN project partners have already released its framework components and mechanisms prototypes! It means we are just a step away from the first release of the integrated platform!
Want to know more? Find here our deliverables on the cloud apps development and management, the orchestration and resource management, the continuous security and data privacy enforcement and the cloud monitoring.
Want to try our first version of the UNICORN platform? Stay tuned for more news!
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.
This information is taken from digitalsme.eu
UNICORN took part in the fourth edition of Startup Olé, held in Salamanca (Spain) from April the 17th to the 19th, with the support of Startup Europe (European Commission). The event is one of the most important events for the international tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The event gathered startups-spinoffs and tech-digital talent with investors, accelerators, universities, public administrations and media outlets.
Cloud Incubator HUB, one of the UNICORN members, had a booth at Startup Olé on behalf of the consortium and interacted with entrepreneurs and several stakeholders in the Spanish economic sector. They showed a real interest in UNICORN’s innovations for startups and SMEs in the field of cloud computing, as they will help small business with less ressources.
In fact, visitors made questions on the contest that will be organized in winter 2018 for testing the UNICORN platform. This UNICORN Innovation Contest was explained to all interested attendees, ranging from established SMEs to early startups that also visited the event.
This initiative aims to increase UNICORN awareness and ensure its continuity. A community of early UNICORN platform adopters will be responsible of the evaluation of developments and results.
Spain is the next stop for UNICORN‘s tour across Europe. It is a special occasion for the Consortia, as the project is going to be showcased at Startup Olé: one of the big events of entrepreneurship in this country.
UNICORN will have a booth there to spread the word about the innovations that project members are developing in benefit of entrepreneurs.
Startup Olé -funded by Startup Europe– gathers startups-spinoffs and tech-digital talent with corporates, investors, accelerators, universities, public administrations and media outlets.
The upcoming edition is taking place 17-19 April in Salamanca. It will connect over 7.000 attendees, 500 startups, 60 accelerators, 50 big corporates, 350 speakers, 40 public administrations and 70 investors with an investment portfolio of over €7.000 M.
Software developers acknowledged UNICORN efforts! They expressed their interest in the tools offered by UNICORN, and their intentions to use it, as UNICORN was presented at the third international Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (Forum) in Cyprus last November.
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