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Flexiant Joins €4.5 Million Consortium to Deliver Context-Aware Cloud Topology Optimisation and Simulation

Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator to form key part of developing cloud efficiencies

London, UK – 7th October 2013 –  Flexiant today announced it has joined a consortium of leading organisations and universities from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Sweden focused on using real-world data to optimise and make more efficient cloud computing.

Named ‘CACTOS’, the €4.5 million project seeks to address issues arising from the growth and complexity of cloud infrastructure. Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator will anchor the project by collecting and utilising historical data and research. This data will allow CACTOS to optimise differing hardware options to deliver a simulation that will allow complex algorithm based analysis.

CACTOS will use Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator for stress testing applications and modelling behaviours when different IaaS level resources are mapped to workloads. This will help correlate the relationship between workloads and underlying resources with a view towards application specific Quality of Service requirements.

Craig Sheridan, Professional Services Consultant at Flexiant, said: “To understand workloads behaviour during run-time, Flexiant will extract workload traces from the Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator platform. This real-world data will provide actionable insights into the development of optimisation algorithms which can then be used in conjunction with existing Flexiant functionality and in turn clarify where bottlenecks and improvements can be made to optimise and make more efficient cloud computing.”

It is hoped that by optimising services and developing efficiency algorithms CACTOS will provide cost savings and increased speed for cloud services in an ever-expanding market. Sheridan explained. “By making good use of the parameters that can be monitored on a Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator instance, this will result in efficient workload and application management. Flexiant will look towards taking the functionality of the developed CACTOS toolkit to integrate and commercialise the functionality within our core cloud orchestration software.”

About CACTOS
CACTOS is a collaborative research project co-funded under the ICT theme of the 7th framework programme (FP7) of the European Union.  For more information visit http://www.cactosfp7.eu/.

About Flexiant
Flexiant is a leading international provider of cloud orchestration software for on-demand, fully automated provisioning of cloud services. Flexiant’s cloud management software suite gives cloud service providers the ability to rapidly design and launch commercial cloud services by enabling business agility and flexibility to scale, deploy and configure cloud services, simply and cost-effectively. Vendor agnostic and supporting multiple hypervisors, Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator offers granular metering, billing and exceptional support for resellers including white labeling and unrivalled levels of customization. Used by over one hundred organizations worldwide, from hosting providers, large MSPs and telcos, Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator is simple to understand, simple to deploy and simple to use. Flexiant was recently named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Management, received the Info-Tech Research Group Trendsetter Award and called an industry double threat by 451 Group. Flexiant is now a Dell certified technology partner and some of our customers include Computerlinks, IS Group, ITEX and NetGroup. Flexiant is also a key participant in the FP7 Consortium. For more information visit http://www.flexiant.com/.

For more information
http://www.cactosfp7.eu/
http://www.flexiant.com/why-flexiant/research/
www.twitter.com/cactosfp7

Contact
Danielle Cook   +44 1189 071841   Dcook@flexiant.com