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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 604590.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1 - Showcases V1

In XIFI we are committed to our stakeholders to the market segments we serve and to providing appropriate and exploitable resource to the FI-PPP. As part of these commitments and to make clear that the capacity XIFI provides is not just bare metal connected and federated across sites, we are developing a set of showcases. Unlike common technology demonstrations, which tend to show neat features of an offering, these target the exploitation of the XIFI federation: they provide answers to questions like: If I want to establish what the relative performance is of different nodes, what should I do? If I want to register my service and make it available to other users and interested parties, how do I do that? So the showcases are not about how good the technology is – that’s a given. Instead, the showcases are about how stakeholders can engage with and get the best out of that technology.

There are thirteen showcases planned at present, grouped into four main areas:

XIFI new service deployment

If you want to know about developing and deploying new services within XIFI, then these four showcases demonstrate just that, not only by showing specific features (like the Marketplace) but also specific domains (like eHealth) and related deployment tasks. In the first instance, the idea here is to show Developers and Technology Providers how readily they can develop, deploy and validate complex and distributed FI applications leveraging XIFI resource. In addition though, they show Infrastructure Owners and Operators what activities are already being run within XIFI which they may wish to support and take advantage of, as well as Public Authorities how they may exploit what is available in XIFI.

Stakeholders who will find these of special interest

Developers, Technology Providers, Public Authorities, Infrastructure Owners and Operators

Specific topics

UC1: eHealth in a Smart City Environment

UC2: 3-tier GE deployment on multiple sites

UC3: SE registering and deployment

UC4: Marketplace services

XIFI infrastructure performance

Suppose your service(s) demand significant resource and are heavily dependent on a given level of service delivery. For such cases, you’d need to be able to identify the quality of service (QoS) provided by the XIFI infrastructures. We have created a set of three showcases to present showcases how the XIFI federation can provide effective features for QoS. Overall, of course, QoS is determined by the infrastructure capacity underlying the service (which may be decomposed in turn into computational, storage and networking capacity). In so doing, we show how to relate Quality of Experience (QoE) to QoS, as well as help support the selection of which environment to deploy GEs to optimise experiment performance.

Stakeholders who will find these of special interest

Developers, Technology Providers, Infrastructure Owners and Operators

Specific topics

UC5: Quality of Experience in Network as a Service (NaaS)

UC6: Software Defined Networking (SDN) traffic engineering

UC7: Monitoring QoS in the Node

Benefits for XIFI infrastructures

For an infrastructure joining or considering joining the federation, there are a number of steps: how does the owner and operator add their infrastructure? What trust relationships exists and how do I federate with any such single-sign-on processes? And as a Developer or Technology Provider, how get access to GE deployment and performance information across the federation. A set of four showcases have been developed here with a view to exposing the services and opportunities that that XIFI federation provides to infrastructures taking part in the XIFI federation, and users exploiting it.

Stakeholders who will find these of special interest

Infrastructure Owners and Operators, Developers, Technology Providers

Specific topics

UC8: Join the XIFI Federation

UC9: Federated login

UC10: Security Monitoring

UC11: GE monitoring

Innovation pathway

In offering capacity to FI developers, web entrepreneurs, SMEs and so forth within the FI-PPP, the XIFI federation is really a large-scale, high-performance test facility: it’s designed to let all parties develop and trial their services pre-production. The two cases in this group show precisely this. In the first instance, we show how a trial from the FIRE environment can be migrated and successfully run within the FI-PPP. This is important in provided robust and scalable resource to experimental research. In addition, though, we also show a typical multi-media and multi-channel service running. Taken together, these two showcases demonstrate the value of XIFI as a test facility by plugging the gap between research, experimentation and real-world business deployment.

Stakeholders who will find these of special interest

End Users / Adopters, Public Authorities, Sponsors & investors, Technology providers, Intermediaries, Infrastructure owners and operators, Developers.

Specific topics

UC12: Migrating an existing experiment from FIRE to XIFI

UC13: Augmented Mobile Tourist

Although not all are planned for early availability, some can already be viewed at the XIFI YouTube channel.

As described in D6.2 XIFI Showcases and Demonstrators v1, the showcases provide real examples of XIFI-federation-based achievement. In so doing, they show off the results and outcomes of the technical activities in XIFI in support of the business-oriented work packages:

  • WP7 on Training can now show exactly how to join, work with and exploit the federated resource available;
  • WP8 of Social and Business Impact needs to make the case for new joiners becoming part of the federation: the showcases provide answers across different domains;
  • WP9 needs to tailor its messages to XIFI stakeholders and beyond; the showcases provide specific instances of the federations successful use; and
  • WP10 is setting out an exploitation strategy to take XIFI outcomes forward in the FI-PPP and beyond: it needs both push and pull models to this effect. The showcases provide collateral both in terms of services which might be perfected and sold on (“push”) and those which might attract other, related requests (“pull”).

The showcases are not technology demoes. Although they show and present the technical capabilities of XIFI, they expose much more about its potential benefits and use.

The thirteen showcases are available to download on the Publications section here.

Year 2 - Showcases V2

We believe that showcases are among the most understandable and relevant tools that leverage the adoption of the technology developed and ecosystem involved. This means that they must be appropriate for the selected target markets, and be the vehicles for the dissemination and expected sustainability plans. In other words, the showcases really need to be shaped from a business perspective as well as pure technical demonstration, so that they do not only hit current targets, but they also provide glimpses of long-term perspectives. To this end, showcases for instance must also tell a story aligned with the specific target markets and stakeholders, as identified within other WPs, so as to actually create a virtuous circle, which the whole project can benefit from.

That’s the reason why, during the second year of the project, and given the current maturity of the XIFI project itself, we should expect the showcases leveraging

  • the target stakeholders and markets, as identified in WP10;
  • the list of high-level socio-economic challenges, as identified and validated within WP8;
  • Federation Promotion & marketability, as discussed in WP9; and
  • the training requirements, as addressed within WP7.

Moreover, with the aim of identifying and prioritizing the most relevant and mature outcomes of the first year, WP6 selected six showcases (that is, showcases v2), to be developed during the second year of the project.

Briefly, there are three macro-showcases which represent the appropriate merging of some of the v1 showcases, two showcases which are the evolution of two v1 showcases which were already identified with a specific vertical market segment, and a brand-new showcase directly addressing concrete start-up involvement in the XIFI ecosystem (see, Figure 1). Table 1 below provides detail on the rationale behind the selected showcases for Y2, based on what was achieved in the first year. In addition, it shows the value the showcase should provide, as well as how the showcase v2 supports the target stakeholders and the XIFI value proposition. For each showcase, the table shows: its name; why it is important for XIFI; and then in four columns: (i) the showcases v1 it is derived from (if any), the stakeholders who would be interested in it and therefore benefit from it; (iii) the rationale behind the macro-showcase; and finally (iv) the individual message and story behind the showcase.

 

MG1: How do I let “customers” know what’s available?

Motivation: supports both “access to broader FI ecosystem” and “benefits of federation” parts of the Value Proposition.

UC2,

UC3,

UC4,

UC8,

UC11.

·        Technology providers

·        Developers

·        Intermediaries

·        End users

For those involved in developing and exploiting FI technology, what do they do to get the best out of FI infrastructures? How do they know what’s available and where best to use it? How do they know that it’s working and working well?

Getting the most out of the services available. For technology providers as well as users and infrastructure owners, there needs to be a way to set up a cloud environment, to publish and make available the technologies which are provided through the platform and to monitor the services deployed. This showcase demonstrates how to create an IaaS environment from the bare metal (old UC8), find and advertise FI-PPP technologies (such as GEs and SEs, old UC3 and UC4), how to deploy them in a seamless way in several federation regions, possibly separating the tiers (old UC2), and how to monitor the deploy GEs and in general the services offered (old UC11).

MG2: How do I get the best out of what’s available?

Motivation: supports the “benefits of federation” part of the Value Proposition; relates to some of the socio-economic priorities identified in WP8 (D8.1 and D8.4; and see Table 4 above). Potential for scenario-based training for WP7.

UC5,

UC6,

UC12.

·        Technology providers

·        Developers

·        Infrastructure owners and operators

·        End users

·        (Intermediaries)

·        (Public authorities)

There are some services and applications which need to meet certain performance criteria because of user demands or because of application criticalness. I need to be able to check and manage performance across resources.

Optimising network performance. It’s important to know where to deploy and on occasion to be able to manage bandwidth and performance so that technologies work at their best. This showcase demonstrates how to monitor (old UC7), manage performance (old UC6) and capitalise on network performance (old UC5 and UC12).

MG3: How do I protect the services I’m running?

Motivation: enables all parts of the Value Proposition; relates to the clear concerns about security as a socio-economic priority identified in WP8 (D8.1 and D8.4, see Table 4 above). Provides back up and storyboard for existing Security training from WP7.

UC1,

UC2,

UC9,

UC10.

·        Developers

·        Infrastructure owners and operators

·        End users

·        Public authorities

·        (Intermediaries)

System security is not just about protecting data; I also want to know that resource is being used appropriately and by the right person(s). This is especially important for mission critical applications; and those including sensitive content or data.

Managing operations securely. It is essential that the federation resources and any associated data are protected, but at the same time, legitimate users want to be treated transparently across the federation. This showcase demonstrates single sign-on capabilities (old UC9) as well as advanced security features to identify potential attacks and misuse (old UC10). Moreover it shows how it is possible to guarantee persistence across domains and modalities (old UC1) and how XIFI can guarantee data protection (old UC2).

UC1v2: Users of my system are always on the move. Can I support complete mobility?

Motivation: the showcase in its current form demonstrates an e-health and Application type scenario, notwithstanding issues around data privacy and sensitivity. However, it also has potential for Smart Cities (allowing the ad hoc connection of various data sources and devices), and therefore Smart Government and even Smart Grids. In addition to providing support across domains and network types for the strategic WP10 markets, it also addresses the socio-economic interests of users wanting to connect different devices and different data sources.

UC1

·        Technology providers,

·        Developers,

·        End Users,

·        Infrastructure owners and operators,

·        Public Authorities,

·        (Intermediaries)

The Future Internet isn’t only about a fixed or wireless network of desktop access points and servers. Instead, it includes devices and sensors, as well as multi-channel presentation and interaction. Can I really cater for these services?

Services that move and adapt to your environment Data and content persistence across different environments is essential in a whole host of services: users and those supporting the users don’t always just stay in one location and use one access device. It’s really important therefore to be able to show that handover between environments and services can be achieved with little if any effect on the quality of the overall service delivered.

UC12v2: I used to know how to do this; what do I need to do to come to your environment?

Motivation: this showcase is most obviously about the Information and Media Services and Application segment in the WP10 target markets. Currently, it demonstrates a performance-critical application (gaming) with collaborative end users. But the traffic associated with such activity (peak loads, requirement to provide common QoE and QoS across nodes, etc.) is precisely the type of issue facing eGovernment (for elections and polling), Smart Grids and Enterprises, and of course has potential as well for Big Data Management. QoE and QoS are additionally significant socio-economic challenges and requirements as identified in WP8. The showcase also, of course, provides a real example of the migration of existing services (in this case from the FIRE experimental context) into the (pre-)commercial environment offered by the FI-PPP.

UC12

·        Technology providers,

·        Developers,

·        End Users,

·        Infrastructure owners and operators,

·        Public Authorities,

·        Intermediaries,

·        Sponsors / Investors

Experimentation takes place in different stages and in different environments. Can I really take what I’ve already done or what I’d prefer to do elsewhere and bring it into a FIWARE context? What’s involved? How easy and quickly will I be up and running?

If you’ve done it before, you can do it now… only bigger and better, and with increased robustness The FI-PPP is all about enabling innovation. Part of that cycle will often include moving from a test and research environment, or from an in-house proprietary facility, to the public arena. This is what the capacity provided by XIFI is all about; and we can show just how easy it is to move from wherever you are now to the FI-PPP and exploit all its benefits as you do so,

UCY2: I am a startup, why should I use FIWARE Lab?

Motivation: one of the main drivers for Phase III is to attract SMEs to the FI-PPP arena to kick-start their activities using FIWARE technology. This showcase will provide the exact scenario that many of the SMEs would be looking for: why would I trust my business to this environment, and then how would I do it? As well as synergies with the Evolved showcases above, this provides a powerful and targeted message to this significant stakeholder group, and can be used directly by Accelerators as well as our own training program in WP7 to show what’s on offer to potential FI-PPP “customers”. The showcase also supports the “access to the FI ecosystem” part of the Value Proposition directly; and in so doing, addresses the knowledge-exchange type socio-economic requirements in WP8.

N/A

·    Developers

·    End Users

·    Sponsors / Investors

·    Infrastructure Owners and Operators

·    Intermediaries

To build a startup or an innovative product is challenging: I need resources to host my development environment, together with economic support for the development itself; more importantly, I need end-users to test and validate my product. Finally, I want to easily provision my service to different locations around Europe. Is this just a dream?

FIWARE Lab nodes offer a unique environment to support startup and innovative product bootstrapping. Each FIWARE Lab node represents a complete ecosystem designed to fully support the innovation lifecycle. FIWARE Lab nodes offer more than in kind resources (e.g., cloud services, sensors, networks): for instance, they provide access to geo-localized accelerators, test-users and open data sets. Moreover, the design of FIWARE Lab guarantees the easy migration of an application to any other node belonging to the FIWARE Lab.

Table 1: The set of showcases v2: rationale.