CloudSME project brings SMEs closer to cloud computing

26.07.2013 11:48

CloudBroker GmbH participates in the CloudSME EU FP7 project, which develops a scalable cloud platform for small and large scale simulations, and thus enables the wider take-up of simulation technologies in the manufacturing and engineering industry of Europe.

Computer simulation can significantly improve the competitive position of manufacturing and engineering companies by helping to achieve efficiency gains in development, production, procurement, logistics and financial processes, and thus reducing costs. However, the take-up of simulation by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has until now been low due to high barriers to entry that include hardware prices, licensing costs and lack of technical expertise.

The CloudSME project will develop a cloud-based solution with the goal of lowering these barriers by providing a scalable platform for small or large scale simulations, and thus enabling the wider take-up of simulation technologies in the manufacturing and engineering industry of Europe. The CloudSME Simulation Platform will help end-user SMEs utilize customized simulation applications delivered in the form of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) via the cloud. Moreover, simulation software service providers and consulting companies will have access to a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution that enables them to quickly assemble custom simulation solutions in the cloud for their clients.

The project kick-off meeting took place in the University of Westminster, London, where the basis for future work was established under the leadership of Dr. Tamas Kiss, the project coordinator. CloudSME will last for 2 and a half years and will receive 4.5 million Euros funding from the European Commission. The project has 16 partners, including 12 SMEs. At the KO meeting partners put forward their plans and expectations for how cloud computing will help develop their businesses.

The CloudSME Simulation Platform will change the way in which manufacturing and engineering SMEs utilize simulation solutions, and will provide new business opportunities not only to end-user SMEs, but also to simulation software and cloud service providers.

One of the participants of the project is Cloudbroker. CloudBroker founded in 2008, is a spin-off company of the ETH Zurich located in Zurich, Switzerland. It offers scientific and technical applications as a service in the cloud, for usage in fields such as biology, chemistry, health and engineering. Its flagship product, the CloudBroker Platform, provides immediate and pay-per-use web access to application software as well as compute and storage resources in the cloud at the same time.

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