In October 2012, Xlab have started working on the new project called CloudScale, founded by the European Community’s Framework Programme Seven (FP7). The project will last three years with a total cost of 4.7 million euros. As a commercial partner (SME), Xlab will be responsible for integrating developed tools into common environment and for developing showcases that will be used for dissemination and exploitation purposes. CloudScale will provide an engineering approach for building scalable cloud applications and services. CloudScale will support Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers (a) to design their software for scalability and (b) to swiftly identify and gradually solve scalability problems in existing applications. CloudScale will enable the modelling of design alternatives and the analysis of their effect on scalability and cost. Best practices for scalability will further guide the design process. Additionally, CloudScale will provide tools and methods that detect scalability problems by analysing code. Based on the detected problems, CloudScale will offer guidance on the resolution of scalability problems. It answers the ICT Work Programme’s call for achieving massive scalability for software-based services.
The planned validation of project results involves two complementary case studies in the SaaS and the PaaS domain.
CloudScale will leverage European application expertise into the domain of competitive cloud application offerings, both at the SaaS and PaaS level. The engineering approach for scalable applications and services will enable small and medium enterprises as well as large players to fully benefit from the cloud paradigm by building scalable and cost-efficient applications and services based on state-of-the-art cloud technology. Furthermore, the engineering approach reduces risks as well as costs for companies newly entering the cloud market.