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Special Session
Special Session on
Cloud Interoperability
 - CI 2013

8 - 10 May, 2013 - Aachen, Germany

Within the 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - CLOSER 2013


Augusto Ciuffoletti
Università di Pisa
Brief Bio
Augusto Ciuffoletti is a senior researcher at the Dept. of Computer Science of the University of Pisa, where he teaches a course on Networking. His research interests focus on distributed computing and control. He participated with the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) to the Coregrid Network of Excellence during FP6, and to OGF Europe during FP7, where he developed interest and competence in the monitoring of cloud infrastructures. He is a member of the OCCI working group of the OGF.


Cloud interoperability is one of the most challenging aspects of cloud computing. For the final user, interoperability means the possibility of migrating from one IaaS provider to another, or to manage in a seamless way the resources provided by distinct providers: thus the risk of being locked to a given provider is avoided, and cloud operation is made more reliable and secure. For the intermediate provider that offers value added services using a cloud infrastructure, interoperability means the possibility to offer the same service using different providers, without redesigning the application each time. Being the cloud a fast evolving creature, standardization proposals must be extremely flexible and not bound to current technologies or short term visions, while being simple to adhere to. As an alternative, some propose the design of intermediate layers that work as adapters for distinct providers.

We invite practitioners, researchers and industry representatives to submit original ideas to the Closer Special Session on Cloud Interoperability: we will consider with special interest articles that:
- demonstrate the impact of Cloud Interoperability with well documented use cases and experiments,
- formalize aspects of cloud operation that are relevant for interoperability
- describe standardization initiatives that aim at Cloud Interoperation.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at:


All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.
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All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


CLOSER Special Sessions - CI 2013