Managed by IT associations from Germany (BITMi), Latvia (LIKTA), Sweden (GCM) and Turkey (TBV) the research project practically examines ways to make the PaaS concepts attractive to institutes and organizations. These activities included surveying members of the IT associations to determine the challenges and solutions.
Overcoming the vendor lock-in problem
The surveys identified the so-called "vendor lock-in" as a major obstacle. Vendor lock-in is defined as; user or company concerns with respect to data access and/or loss in the event of the PaaS provider declaring bankruptcy, or being unable to migrate data and applications to the systems of other providers seamlessly in the event of bankruptcy. And so the project focuses closely on ways to resolve this problem by examining ways for companies to overcome manufacturing dependencies.
Another goal of the research project is to create an independent market place for PaaS offers. This will make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises and organizations to search for and find suitable Cloud PaaS offers on a Europe wide basis, as well as making it easier to create and operate mobile Cloud applications.
European Research projet
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n°605193.