Making Cloud SLAs readily usable in the EU private sector


Understanding your Cloud SLAs: key findings from SLA-Ready Final Impact Workshop

Cloud computing can be a real enabler for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by gaining operational efficiency or simply creating a company from scratch – “born in the cloud”. It is often key to boosting competitiveness by opening up a business to a much bigger market.

Are you SLA-Ready? - Workshop, 15 December, Brussels

Tomorrow, 15 December 2016, the workshop "Are you SLA-Ready? How to understand your cloud Service Level Agreement" takes place at DIGITALEUROPE Head Office in Brussels.

SLA-Ready workshop in Madrid, Spain; Takeaways 2

80% of SMEs don’t use cloud services because they don’t sufficiently understand the service provision contracts that must be signed with their provider. This was the main topic of the ‘SLA-Ready’ workshop organized by CONETIC and SLA-Ready project, with collaboration by Gedeth Network and the UFV-ADEN International Business School.

SLA-Ready workshop in Madrid, Spain; Takeaways 1

The workshop, organised in partnership with CONETIC, provided guidance on signing Cloud Service Level Agreements. It targeted Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Cloud customers who have applied to use cloud services provided through the Cloud para PYMES programme.

Takeaways from SLA-Ready workshop in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The latest SLA-Ready workshop was held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in collaboration with Cluj-IT. cluster. 

Takeaways from HNSciCloud tender award ceremony

The SLA-Ready project is contributing to the cloud procurement process for the Helix Nebula Science Cloud tender. On the 2nd November 2016, the awards ceremony for the successful bidders of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud tender took place in Lyon, France and SLA-Ready was present.

HNSciCloud tender award ceremony, 2 Nov, Lyon, France

On the 2nd November 2016, the awards ceremony for the successful bidders of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud tender is taking place in Lyon, France, at the CC-IN2P3 (CNRS) premises, one of the main academic data centres in France and a procurer of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud (HNSciCloud).

Takeaways from SLA-Ready workshop @ Cloud Forward 2016

Last week, on Wednesday 19 October, SLA-Ready took part in Cloud Forward 2016, an annual event hosted by the Hola Cloud Project giving the EU R&I community on cloud computing a forum for discussing research results and future research directions. SLA-Ready hosted a workshop "Are you SLA-Ready? Your essential business guide to cloud contracts and SLAs".

SLA-AID Now Available

Not sure what you’re signing in a cloud contract? New SLA-AID tool offers free, expert guide on cloud service level agreements for small businesses.

IoT vs Cloud

The Internet of things (IoT) is generating a huge amount of data. Companies are working to find ways to manage this continuous growth: cloud and fog computing are helping to tackle this challenge.

SLA-Ready Upcoming Workshops

Small & Medium Enterprises can't always afford the resources needed to hire or to buy the services of an expert who can help them with cloud services contracts and the related legal aspects. In order to change this state of play, SLA-Ready organised a series of workshops all over Europe.

SLA-Ready Impact Workshop, 15 December 2016, Brussels

SLA-Ready Impact workshop, organised in collaboration with DIGITALEUROPE, will bring together what businesses and cloud customers need to know before signing a cloud contract.

SLA-Ready @ ICT Proposers' day 2016

Today, 26th September 2016, Trust-IT Services CEO Silvana Muscella, will showcase SLA-Ready tools and services at the ICT Proposers’ day, the European Commission’s networking event promoting European ICT Research & Innovation and focusing on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-17.

Are organisations maximizing cloud adoption value?

Cisco has just released the results of a survey on over 6,100 organizations that are successfully implementing private, public and hybrid clouds in their IT departments. The study, conducted with IT executives, indicates that cloud adoption is still growing but few organizations are fully exploiting major cloud opportunities.

FedRAMP: Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is an assessment and authorisation process which U.S. federal agencies have to use in order to ensure security is in place when accessing cloud computing products and services.

NIST Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop IX

Cloud & the Interconnected World has been the theme of ths year's edition of NCCP Workshop & Forum in Gaithersburg, Maryland, US.

SLA-Aid Coming Soon

We will soon be launching a brand new tool on our website our SLA-Aid, a brand new tool for SMEs who bought, or that are going to buy, one or more cloud services. 

Enterprises need to understand Cloud SLA

An enterprise who wants to purchase Cloud services from a Cloud Service Provider (CSP), has to be able to negotiate, compose and review the Service Level Agreement (SLA) that is going to accept by signing the cloud contract.

Public Cloud Providers & Customer Services

For an organisations which base its business model on public cloud, it is essential to be able to effectively communicate with its cloud service provider. If a potential CSP can't provide the necessary information or support before the contract is signed, it probably won't be able to offer decent customer support after the sale.

Cloud lock-in: speak now or forever hold your peace

In a recent news published on CloudTech, the author Mat Keep compares the situation of a cloud service costumers stuck with an unsatisfactory cloud vendor, with a difficult and suffocating marriage. In this case, for a business or an organisations who rely on cloud computing, the only solution seems to be to get a divorce.