STORM CLOUDS Smart City Platform: Body of Knowledge

The project’s body of knowledge about the migration of public services into the Cloud is now available in STORM CLOUDS’ Smart City Platform  An introduction to cloud computing Cloud computing has received great attention during the last decade as an emerging paradigm beyond a simple computing system structure (1). In simplified terms, it can be understood as the possibility to store, process and use data on remotely located computers accessed over the internet (2). It is an all-inclusive sol...
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STORM CLOUDS’ pilot cities move to the Cloud: The Thessaloniki case

Cloud computing has emerged during the last years as a disruptive model, with the ability to transform IT organisations, helping them to become more responsive and agile than ever before. Due to its multiple and significant benefits, cloud computing can particularly help complex organisations such as cities run more efficiently, providing new opportunities and opening up new business models. Cloud computing characteristics are particularly interesting in supporting the provision of Smart City a...
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STORM CLOUDS’ pilot cities move to the Cloud: The Valladolid city case

In the EU policy towards the creation of a cloud of public services, there has been a lot of effort during the last few years. In September 2012, the European Commission adopted the European Cloud Computing Strategy. The strategy is designed to speed up and increase the use of cloud computing across the economy as the gain in jobs and overall economy indicators is clearly identified (Figure 1). In particular, public sector organizations have much to gain by taking a cloud computing approach to s...
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STORM CLOUDS’ pilot cities move to the Cloud: The Águeda case

In the EU policy towards the creation of a cloud of public services, there has been a lot of effort during the last few years. In September 2012, the European Commission adopted the European Cloud Computing Strategy. The strategy is designed to speed up and increase the use of cloud computing across the economy as the gain in jobs and overall economy indicators is clearly identified (Figure 1). In particular, public sector organizations have much to gain by taking a cloud computing approach to s...
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Public Services’ Cloud Migration: Best Practices and Guidelines for the involvement of Users and Stakeholders

In nowadays citizens expect low-cost, high-quality public services. Governments have to take an innovative approach, making sure that services are cost-effective and responsive to people’s needs, while also being flexible and secure. Cloud computing brings these attributes and introduces many benefits. Surfing Towards the Opportunity of Real Migration to Cloud-based public Services (STORM CLOUDS) is a project partially funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Program in the ...
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