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OpenNebula Systems Joins €3.6 Million Consortium

Flagship European Project bringing SDN and NFV advances to federated cloud networking

OpenNebula Systems Joins €3.6 Million Consortium Tasked With Enabling Federated Cloud Networking

OpenNebula Systems has nnounced it has joined a consortium of leading organisations and universities from the U.K., Germany, Spain, Belgium, Israel and Italy focused on developing new innovative techniques to federate cloud network resources and to derive the integrated management cloud layer that enables an efficient and secure deployment of federated cloud applications.

The BEACON project will deliver a homogeneous virtualization layer on top of heterogeneous underlying physical networks, computing and storage infrastructures, providing enablement for automated federation of applications across different clouds and datacenters. Head of Research at OpenNebula Systems, Dr. Constantino Vázquez, said:

"BEACON is the main European funded project, called to lead innovation in federated cloud networking. The project is set to pave the road towards the true start of a revolution in cloud networking, developing the building blocks to enable next generation network functionalities within and across data centers and cloud sites. The Project will rely on SDN (Software Defined Networks) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) techniques and will enhance the european reference in cloud management platforms, OpenNebula, to support the automatic, elastic, and scalable deployment of resources and services across multiple sites. Aligned with the OpenNebula project philosophy, and as always done with previous projects, all these improvements will be contributed back to the community"

OpenNebula Systems is joined on the project by Flexiant (U.K.), CETIC (Belgium), Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), IBM Israel (Israel), Universita di Messina (Italy) and Lufthansa Systems (Germany).

About BEACON

BEACON is a collaborative research project co-funded under the ICT theme of HORIZON 2020 Research Programme of the European Union.

About OpenNebula Systems

OpenNebula is a turnkey enterprise-ready solution that includes all the features needed to provide an on-premises (private) cloud offering, and to offer public cloud services. With tens of thousands of deployments, OpenNebula is parked in research leaders like FermiLab, ESA and SurfSARA, and industry leaders like Produban, Akamai, CentOS, BBC, Alcatel-Lucent, BlackBerry and ChinaMobile.

More Information: http://OpenNebula.org

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Dr. Llorente is Director of the OpenNebula Project and CEO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He is an entrepreneur and researcher in the field of cloud and distributed computing, having managed several international projects and initiatives on Cloud Computing, and authored many articles in the leading journals and proceedings books. Dr. Llorente is one of the pioneers and world's leading authorities on Cloud Computing. He has held several appointments as independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and several companies and national governments. He has given many keynotes and invited talks in the main international events in cloud computing, has served on several Groups of Experts on Cloud Computing convened by international organizations, such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum, and has contributed to several Cloud Computing panels and roadmaps. He founded and co-chaired the Open Grid Forum Working Group on Open Cloud Computing Interface, and has participated in the main European projects in Cloud Computing. Llorente holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and an Executive MBA (IE Business School), and is a Full Professor (Catedratico) and the Head of the Distributed Systems Architecture Group at UCM.

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