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November 30, 2011

Flexiant Achieves First Year Milestone in Optimis Project
By Arvind Arora
TMCnet Contributor

Cloud computing is one of the technologies being adopted in a rapid manner worldwide. Ease of use, simplicity of infrastructure and lower costs make it the platform of choice most enterprises nowadays prefer to choose for their IT operations.

Flexiant, a provider of advanced cloud computing solutions, has announced that the company has achieved the first year milestone in a three year technology project that covers the European Union or EU.

Well known for developing Extility, an advanced Infrastructure as a Service Cloud Computing Software solution, Flexiant offers cloud infrastructure software and services to a range of customers such as hosting providers, data centre owners, telecommunications operators and enterprises.

Amounting to a budget of €10.5 million, the high scale project named “Optimis” covers the development of necessary tools and solutions that will be helpful in deployment of enhanced cloud platforms. A group of cloud solution providers of Europe comprising of Flexiant, ATOS Origin, SAP (News - Alert) and British Telecom has been delivering the project.

For development of Optimis, Extility, the Cloud Computing solution by Flexiant has been offering a secure test bed environment. A demonstration model of the solution has now been developed that integrated real life business scenarios with the Extility software platform to provide a glimpse of the final solution. With the help of Optimis, enterprises will be able to enable seamless integration between different cloud platforms, while infrastructure and service providers will be able to shift cloud based services among various public, private or hybrid cloud platforms.

“The motivation for Optimis is the vision that hybrid clouds will become commonplace as private clouds interact with a rich ecosystem of public and other cloud providers,” commented Tony Lucas, founder at Flexiant. “Optimis is aimed at enabling companies to automatically move services and applications to trustworthy and auditable cloud providers in the hybrid model. The potential for Optimis is incredible and we are extremely proud to be part of such an exciting project,” added Lucas.

Optimis project had been launched under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union for research and technological development. Connecting all the research-related EU initiatives, the FP7 concentrates upon boosting growth, competitiveness and employment within the entire European Union region.

In October 2011, Flexiant released a downloadable edition of its Extility cloud services management software. The new Extility Foundation Edition will give smaller service providers the opportunity to compete in the provision of agile cloud services and will enable corporate users to build, manage and deploy private, public or hybrid clouds effortlessly, without high upfront costs.

Arvind Arora is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Arvind's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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