Making Cloud SLAs readily usable in the EU private sector

Projects & Initiatives

SLA-Ready collaborates with EU projects and initiatives actives in the areas of software, services and cloud computing. By facilitating collaboration between experts and research/industrial initiatives, SLA-Ready is re-using results from projects such as CUMULUS and SPECS in order to strengthen the Common Reference Model and Business Hub.


  • 4CaaSt: The 4CaaSt project was aimed to create an advanced PaaS Cloud platform which supports the optimized and elastic hosting of Internet-scale multi-tier  applications.
  • A4Cloud: was focused on improving the acceptability of cloud-based infrastructures where critical data is perceived to be at risk by extending accountability across entire Cloud service value chains, covering personal and business sensitive information in the cloud. The project provided a full set of tools integrated and tested within a prototype end to end use-case that demonstrated how A4Cloud’s approach works in practice.
  • CloudWATCH2: CloudWATCH is helping to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing across the public and private sectors by focusing on independent, practical information, on why, when and how to move to the cloud, including legal tips on contractual issues, privacy and data protection.
  • Contrail: Contrail goal was to vertically integrate an open-source distributed operating system for autonomous resource management in Infrastructure-as-a-Service environments, and high level services and runtime environments as foundations for Platform-as-a-Service.
  • CUMULUS: combined security properties (assertions from multiple layers/components) with evidence (audit, testing, monitoring) to provide certification across the cloud supply chain. 
  • Optimis: was focused on enabling organisations to automatically externalise services and applications to trustworthy and auditable Cloud CSPs in the hybrid model.
  • SLA@SOI: provided a concept and open source framework for SLA management.
  • SPECS: developed and implemented an open source framework to offer security as a service, by relying on the notion of security parameters in SLA and also providing techniques to systematically manage their lifecycle.
  • SLA-Ready project's partners Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUDA) conducts active engagement with CyLab and CERT to advocate SLA Ready's Common Reference Model (CRM) and also TUDA's comparative Clous Service Provider security assessment techniques. The CRM was advocated to the FTC and offers potential for a joint EC-US approach on Cloud Service Level Agreement-based Cyberpolicies.