The motivation for OPTIMIS is the vision that hybrid clouds will become commonplace, realized by private clouds interacting with a rich ecosystem of public and other cloud providers. OPTIMIS is aimed at enabling organizations to automatically externalize services and applications to trustworthy and auditable cloud providers in the hybrid model. Consequently, OPTIMIS believes its activities will support and facilitate an ecosystem of providers and consumers that will benefit from the optimal operation of services and infrastructures. The optimization covers the full lifecycle of services and their interactions.
- OPTIMIS will identify, capture and codify what an optimized cloud ecosystem driven by trust, risk, eco-efficiency and cost will look like.
- The OPTIMIS framework and toolkit will simplify service construction, and support deployment and runtime decisions based on prior evaluation of providers.
- OPTIMIS will facilitate the use of resources based on economic and eco-efficiency goals while achieving a dynamic and proactive management of cloud infrastructures.
- OPTIMIS deliverables will enable clouds to be composed from multiple services and resources. It will support service brokerage via interoperability, and is architecture-independent.
- OPTIMIS will identify value networks for these cloud markets and recommend suitable legal and regulatory guidelines for operation.
Expected outcomes and use cases
OPTIMIS will deliver a specification and toolkit that can be used to construct these next-generation cloud architectures. There will be yearly code drops with incremental functional enhancement.
The project will produce three use cases:
- The Cloud Programming Model use case will demonstrate how the OPTIMIS framework can be used for migration, development and runtime aspects of the lifecycle.
- The Cloud Brokerage use case will demonstrate cloud brokerage and federation across multiple cloud providers.
- The Cloudbursting use case will show how organizations can scale out their infrastructure, using resources from third-party providers based upon a range of factors such as trust, risk assessment, eco-efficiency and cost.