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HCTS to showcase EU funded innovative cloud, data centre and open source research projects

London – March 27, 2012 – at its fifth annual Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS) Europe, 451 Research, a global research and data company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation, will explore how UK technology businesses are benefiting from European commission funding despite recent concerns over the UK’s role in Europe.

HCTS is taking place at the Hotel Russell, London, on April 2nd and 3rd 2012.

Through its involvement with the EC, 451 Research will provide HCTS delegates with insight into key areas of EU technology investment and the benefits of more UK businesses getting involved.

A panel will explore, through pragmatic examples, how EC investments are positively impacting the UK and other EU economies and technology R&D generally.

The panelists include:
• Peter Walters – National contact point for EU Research (UK)
• John Barr – Head of EU Research, 451 Research
• Andrew Donoghue – Analyst, Eco-Efficient IT and Datacenter Technologies, 451 Research
• Stefan Wesner - managing director of the High Performance Computing Center at University Stuttgart.

The panel will also highlight the key innovations of the CoolEmAll, Optimis and BonFIRE projects. These initiatives bring together some of Europe’s greatest supercomputing experts including prestigious university IT research departments and vendors in the ICT industry.

John Barr, head of EU Research at 451 Research, said some preconceptions about Europe’s role in supporting the UK economy should be re-examined. “Although the EU gets a lot of bad press for regulation imposed by Brussels, the EU can be a lifeline for UK technology firms in the ICT space.” he said. “As Europe invests in a “smart”, sustainable and low carbon economy, EC projects are identifying a number of technology and services gaps, particularly around cloud computing and energy efficiency, that present a potential golden opportunity for individuals and companies. Hopefully these blind dates will lead to long term partnerships.”

At HCTS, EU project representatives will announce details of the Optimis Toolkit - a set of software tools that helps organisations build and run services and ‘best venues’ in the cloud. The toolkit will help infrastructure and service providers build, deploy and operate services in different cloud environments (private, hybrid, bursted, federated, multi-clouds) based on a range of parameters such as trust, risk, eco-efficiency and cost. The toolkit supports the provider through all the different stages of the service lifecycle.

CoolEmAll is a recently launched EU-funded project that aims to tackle the energy-efficiency implications of increasing investment in new datacentres. It is taking a holistic approach to improving datacentre energy efficiency covering not just the role of IT hardware and facilities equipment but also the applications they ultimately support. The project will deliver and enhance two key tools (monitoring software and a prototype server design) to help datacentres monitor and manage their energy consumption.

The BonFIRE project is running a large-scale multi-cloud environment for running next generation internet experiments and is developing business models to make the facility economically sustainable.

The panel will also discuss how the EC’s recently announced HPC plans and the new framework programme Horizon 2020 can translate into new opportunities for European industry.

HCTS is targeted at CIOs and technology officers across the media, finance, telecom, gaming and retail sectors, as well as hosting, MSP and cloud computing providers, and datacentre owners and operators. There will also be a number of technology vendors involved in monitoring, security, virtualisation and storage, as well as investment bankers and equity investors.

About The 451 Group

451 Research, a division of The 451 Group and a leading global analyst and data company, is focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. It was established in 2000 and now has offices in London, Dubai, Singapore, San Paulo, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle and Denver providing research services, datacentre facilities construction certification and direct engagement with technology-industry investors.

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