CLoud Assisted Services conference 2013 (CLASS conference 2013)

Organization: Zavod e-Oblak

Venue: Hotel Kompas

Location: Bled, Slovenia

Event Date/Time: Oct 22, 2013 End Date/Time: Oct 23, 2013
Early Registration Date: Oct 01, 2013
Paper Submission Date: Sep 13, 2013
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The CLASS 2013 Conference is dedicated to a view of Cloud computing through the opportunity Europe has to ‘leapfrog’ other world regions and develop technology, legal and regulatory framework and associated business to play a key role in international cloud computing. Cloud strategy in Europe has focused its initiatives around three key actions: standardization, contract terms & conditions and European Cloud partnership. The European Cloud Computing Strategy plans to establish common standards, codes of best practices and guidelines for SLA’s as well as certification to aid interoperability, data portability and help discourage vendor lock-in to build public trust in Cloud Computing and eventually boost the adoption of the technology. In respect to technical and commercial fundamentals, the aim is to extend EU's research support and focus on critical issues such as security and availability of cloud services.

The following sessions are planned in the plenary part of the CLASS 2013 Conference.

  1. Importance of Cloud computing for Europe (Industry, Research, Government) (Session summary) Legal framework concerns data protection and privacy, including the international dimension, also concerns laws and other rules that have a bearing on the deployment of cloud computing in public and private organizations. And it concerns users' rights insofar as law provides them for. In order to fully benefit from the advantages offered by the technology, a coherent and harmonized regulatory framework for Cloud computing throughout Europe is necessary. In order to ensure that the European Cloud market reaches its full potential, the European rules and standards for Cloud computing will have to fit within an international Cloud framework to ensure that data flows freely globally.
  2. EU activities 2013-2014  (Session summary) Implementing the European Cloud computing Strategy. In September 2012, the European Commission published strategic plan to promote the take-up of cloud in the EU. The actions in the plan identified the key issues that stakeholders have identified as major barriers such as trust and security, and for contract terms that give users the confidence to adopt services that are open and portable. The Commission also announced a European Cloud partnership to put Europe's public authorities at the forefront of cloud adoption by developing common requirements and more common approaches in general. One year on, how are these actions progressing and what are the likely impacts on cloud adoption in the EU. Important subjects that will be covered during this session are: Cloud standards, EU wide certification schemes, model terms for Cloud computing SLA's, cross border licensing, legislative action on PCLs, e-skills and Cloud computing.
  3. EU Market development  (Session summary) Pilot projects within public sector will be supported aiming at cloud deployment through European Cloud partnership program. To really harness the power of public procurement the European Commission has decided to engage with the public sector partners of Member States on regional levels to work on common approaches to cloud computing. European Cloud Partnership (ECP), - when launched at the beginning of 2012 , the ECP aimed at “formalizing common public sector requirements for Clouds procurement across Member States, regions and applications to create a strong common basis for Cloud procurements”.
 What have we learnt from this initiative so far? What concrete measures can be implemented by Member States to reinforce the effect of ECP?
  4. Industrial uptake of Cloud computing is on the rise – global challenge (Session summary): Cloud computing represents a continuing evolution away from the decentralized IT systems of the last decade. It is already transforming providers of IT services and it will change the way other industrial sectors provision their IT needs, as well as the way citizens interact with their computers and mobile devices. Cloud computing, although in its early days, is already a commercial reality and the adoption rate of Cloud computing Services is growing. But it is important that we see this global opportunity from different angles, since it is an industry that we still do not understand completely, which changes it is bringing to our personal life as well as to businesses in different industries as well as the opportunities that are coming along it.
  5. Fifth workshop on Software Services The Fifth Workshop on Software Services will be a scientific oriented event, which will focus on several hot research topics in the Cloud, Sky and Fog computing domain, in particular:Integration of services and the Internet of Things;Linked Data Mining across the Cloud and Fog continuum;Model Driven Architecture for the development of Cloud and Fog computing applications;Workflows in Cloud applications;SLA agreements for Cloud applications;Benchmarking of Cloud applications;Negotiations in the Cloud;Minimization of the network effects on the Cloud computing applications.The Workshop will also be open for papers on the wider area of Cloud computing. The papers will appear in an international journal.


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