It’s been an exciting week so far at the Flexiant camp, following an official visit from Angela Constance MSP, Fergus Ewing (Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism) and Alyn Smith (MEP). They paid us a visit on Monday to hear more about the three EU funded projects we are involved in, which together are valued at 20 million euros.
To give you a bit of background information, these projects are part of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research and technological development. In 2010, our cutting edge cloud platform Extility was selected to be used as a test bed by three of these pan-European projects, and ever since then we have been working in close partnership with Europe’s leading experts in cloud computing to deliver them. Our partners include ATOS Origin, SAP, British Telecom, Telefonica and Orange.
During their visit, our guests were given a breakdown of each of the projects, learning that while they are all based on our Extility platform, the three of them are actually quite different.
The first project, entitled 4CaaSt, will enable the transition of mobile applications to the cloud. A second project, Cumulo Nimbo, will deliver a scalable, transactional, multi-tier Platform as a Service (PaaS), while the third project, OPTIMIS, aims to create a toolkit that will allow companies to move cloud based services easily between different cloud platforms.
At the moment we are about a third of the way through these projects, with the three of them due to conclude in the second half of 2013.
Following his visit, Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing told how impressed he is with the work we have completed so far. He said: “I’m always delighted to have the opportunity to see the success of an innovative Scottish company like Flexiant. This company is clearly making its mark across Europe, broadening their reach and interacting with an impressive range of multinational partners.”
MEP Alyn Smith was equally impressed with our work, deeming the work we are doing as, “amongst the best in the world”, while MSP Angela Constance added: “Flexiant has become a real local success story”.