ECO2Clouds – Experimental Awareness of CO2 in Federated Could Sourcing
Ecological implications of cloud-based IT infrastructures are creating a critical gap in the current state of the art in research and business. The ECO2Clouds project investigates strategies that can ensure effective application deployment on the cloud infrastructure, reduce energy consumption and by association CO2 emissions and furthermore the costs of the whole execution. The need for novel deployment strategies becomes more evident when an application spans multiple clouds. Cloud providers operate under different regulatory frameworks and cost structures in relation to environmental policies and energy value-chains. In addition, optimising the key assets like deployed virtual machines, applications and databases is constrained by a set of requirements such as quality, privacy and cross-platform service-level agreements.
ECO2Clouds will provide a challenging and innovative approach to cloud computing service delivery by:
- developing extensions and mechanisms for cloud application programming interfaces to collect eco-efficient data at the physical cloud infrastructure and virtual machine levels
- investigating the key environment and the needed quality and cost parameters in order to deploy virtual machines in multi-cloud environments
- developing evaluation mechanisms and optimization algorithms to assess different parameter configurations and their influence in energy-efficient cloud sourcing and application deployment strategies
The carbon-aware mechanisms will be integrated into the Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) facility BonFIRE to test, validate and optimize the eco-metrics, models and algorithms developed. Furthermore, the availability of eco-efficient deployment strategies improves the FIRE offering.
ECO2Clouds is a small or medium-scale project funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework programme. The consortium consists of 6 project partners and was started at the 01.09.2012 and will run until the 31.08.2014.