Project Duration: January 2017 – June 2019

Source of funds: Horizon2020 & INYCOM

Project COLA, Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application, is an Innovation Action funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon2020 Programme. The COLA project started in January 2017 and will last 30 months. The consortium is coordinated by the University of Westminster (UK), and includes 10 companies and 4 research organisations from 6 European countries, including the United Kingdom, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Germany. The Project objective is facilitating SMEs and public sector organizations the use of cloud computing services in their everyday business conduct. Accessing services and resources in the cloud on-demand and in a flexible and elastic way could result in significant cost savings due to more efficient and convenient resource utilization that also replaces large investment costs with long term operational costs. On the other hand, the take up of cloud computing by SMEs and the public sector is still relatively low due to limited application-level flexibility and also security concerns.

COLA Project Goals

Promote the use of cloud computing by SMEs and the Public Sector. 

Define a generic pluggable framework, called MiCADO that supports optimal and secure deployment and run-time orchestration of cloud applications.

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What is COLA?

Project COLA aims to increase the adoption of cloud computing services by SMEs and the Public Sector, through the development of a generic framework enabling an optimal and secure deployment and run-time orchestration of cloud applications.

This framework, called MICADO (Microservices-based Cloud Application-level Dynamic Orchestrator) will help developers to implement applications automatically optimizing the use of cloud resources based on a Quality of Service parameters (QoS) defined by the developers and users. These parameters could be the máximum time to finish a task, máximum CPU usage, máximum cost affordable, security requirements… ensuring MICADO that the application is deployed and managed observing the defined parameters. 

Project Profits

MICADO services will monitor the applications and automatically scale up or down the resources to optimize the execution of these applications based on the QoS parameters. The users will also be able to modify those parameters in running time to trigger the autoscaling of cloud resources if needed. 

COLA will demonstrate the applicability and impact of the solution via large scale near operational level SME and public sector pilots and demonstrators, and will also define a clear pathway how the innovation can be delivered to the market.

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