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Startup Olé event in Salamanca: Let’s talk about cloud computing and entrepreneurship!

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.

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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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Net Futures 2017 Conference

Innovation is up in the cloud! Net Futures 2017 Conference (28th and 29th of June) is the proof! It gathered European innovators-users and providers of the ICT sector, policy makers and civil society, and offered a great opportunity for stakeholder engagement, leading towards further developments in the sector. Here are some examples:

Concertation meeting. H2020 projects from unit "Cloud and software" came together on June, 28th. It was a unique context to get to know each other in person, share the best practices, discuss the market and project exploitation possibilities.

 

 

'Crazy times'. The 'Minute Madness' format allowed projects participants to briefly present themselves and interact with each other.

A 'Unicorn' in the room. This was a great chance for the UNICORN project to present its approach on how to make cloud software easier and safer for SMEs. UNICORN took part in the above-mentioned 'elevator speech' event.

SME's friendly platforms are possible. UNICORN project coordinator, Spiros Alexakis, participated in a discussion on how to boost cloud ecosystem focused on small and medium enterprises.

...And this was only a part of the agenda to revolutionize the European cloud!

Comments and feedback are welcome through twitter, via the event hashtag #netfutures17