Posts from Craig Sheridan

Flexiant Joins ENTICE, Horizon 2020 Project

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Many service providers face issues that prevent them from effectively using cloud resources and virtualization environments for their computing and data processing needs. Optimizing VMs is important both for the cloud applications running on them and also the cloud providers offering the resource.

To solve these issues, Flexiant is proud to announce the launch of the Horizon 2020 ENTICE project aimed at removing critical barriers that prevent effective use of cloud services. Launched in Innsbruck, Austria, our consortium of leading research organizations and universities from across Europe will make it easier for service providers to access optimized VMs.
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Flexiant Joins Horizon 2020 Project, DICE

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We are immensely proud of our participation in leading research projects. Through our continuing contribution to the development of cloud technology, we are able to help organizations realize the full potential of the cloud. By partnering with other leading organizations, we ensure our customers benefit from the latest cutting edge technology.

We are excited to announce today our involvement in the Horizon 2020 research project; DICE.

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BEACON: The Path to More Efficient Cloud Application Deployments

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Disruptive Technologies

As an innovator in the cloud market, Flexiant places great value on research. Being actively involved in the development and improvement of cloud services ensures that the full benefits of cloud technology can be realized.

To maximize the impact of our research, and to benefit from other organizations experience, a significant amount of Flexiant’s research is carried out in partnership with leading European organizations as part of the HORIZON 2020 Research Program.

This is true for our latest exciting project, BEACON, which Flexiant is jointly undertaking with CETIC in Belgium, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, OpenNebula Systems in Spain, IBM Haifa, Universita di Messina, Italy and Lufthansa Systems in Germany.
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SMEs are Top Focus in H2020!

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As a subject matter expert (SME), Flexiant has worked closely with many European research projects for the past four years. The European Commission is providing a lot of support and guidance for SMEs and we are really pleased to be part of these cutting edge initiatives.

Flexiant and Horizon 2020

The EU has clearly recognized that SMEs are the backbone of the European economy. No surprise, when you see that Flexiant and our SME peers account for more than 98% of all enterprises, 67% of employment, and 58% of gross value added across Europe . So we’re preparing to fully engage and focus on taking our innovative ideas to the market via H2020.

There have been several positive changes for SMEs taking part in H2020. Flexiant welcomes these changes and believes H2020 can expand on our previous success in the FP7 program by broadening our knowledge and experience and our exploration of market opportunities.  In brief, the most welcome changes for SMEs in H2020 include:

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Flexiant and Europe 2020

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In our last blog we looked at what Horizon 2020 will mean for ICT and Flexiant.  Today, we focus on the Europe 2020 agenda and how it supports research and innovation in EU organizations.  These initiatives are not part of the H2020 work programme but contain essential knowledge of EU strategy and goals essential for mapping to H2020. Europe 2020 is the EU growth for the next 10 years and contains 5 objectives on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy. There are several initiatives identified to try and meet these objectives, the most relevant for Flexiant and ICT involvement in H2020 being:

Europe 2020

1. Industrial Policy

An industrial policy for the whole of Europe is a hard thing to get right, but Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission puts it pretty succinctly when he states:
“Europe needs industry and industry needs Europe. We must tap into the full potential of the Single Market, its 500 million consumers and its 20 million entrepreneurs.”

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