SUNFISH has developed and integrated software enabling secure cloud federation as required by the Public Sector. The project has achieved this by meeting the specific challenges faced by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, Maltese Ministry of Finance, as well as by the UK Regional Cyber Crime Units. Solutions developed will be exploited so as to be usable by other Public, and potentially also Private Sector Players.
Specific Objectives reached by the Project:
- I. Integrate different clouds assuring information security.
SUNFISH has developed a secure system to federate private and public clouds that guarantees a high level of security, a continuous monitoring of inter-cloud communications, and the ability to roll out services cheaply – in a fast, flexibly and secure way – even between different private clouds. These solutions are particularly pertinent given the current context. All the European Public Administrations are considering with great interest the evolution of the ICT scenario towards “cloud” technologies, in order to achieve the best results in terms of costs cutting and efficiency improvement. The SUNFISH project aims at consolidating Europe as a ‘trusted cloud region’ through the implementation of high standards for data protection, cyber security and transparency as regards public services
- II. Greater infrastructure usage efficiency thanks to a more effective workload management between shared private cloud
Many Public Administrations in Europe are facing the need of managing in a secure way data that is growing day by day, assuming scale factors that overcome the economic and technical capabilities of a single entity, even in a big Country. There is a need to build up a federated cloud infrastructure specifically dedicated to several Public Administration Players. The SUNFISH project has developed workload management innovations, which allow this to occur. The private cloud infrastructures that support such applications are often fully utilized only during brief periods of time, such as a few days per month. When these huge and costly infrastructures are not optimally used, they represent only a cost for the Public Administration. There is the need to be able to bring together the private cloud infrastructures of different Public Administrations, both at a national level, as well as cross-border through Europe.
- III. The development of services for EU citizens, in particular those using sensitive data, shared securely between different private clouds.
Beyond pure costs savings, cloud computing could accelerate the transition to 21st century interoperable and scalable public services, boosting the enforcement of the European Digital Single Market. Indeed, cloud computing could contribute to decrease public costs and push public benefits up by settling a sounder base for economic activities involving the whole population. SUNFISH moves directly from this, setting the base for European Public Sector Players to develop new services for EU citizens, finally taking advantage of federated clouds which can start hosting – and especially sharing – also sensitive data.