The CloudDbAppliance Project is a European H2020 2016-2019 (3 years, €5 million) with Bull/Atos (leader), Inria Zenith, U. Madrid, INESC and the companies LeanXcale, QuartetFS, Nordea, BTO, H3G, IKEA, CloudBiz, and Singular Logic.
The project aims at producing a European Cloud Database Appliance for providing a Database as a Service able to match the predictable performance, robustness and trustworthiness of on premise architectures such as those based on mainframes. The project will evolve cloud architectures to enable the increase of the uptake of cloud technology by providing the robustness, trustworthiness, and performance required for applications currently considered too critical to be deployed on existing clouds.
CloudDBAppliance will deliver a cloud database appliance featuring:
- A scalable operational database able to process high update workloads such as the ones processed by banks or telcos, combined with a fast analytical engine able to answer analytical queries in an online manner.
- An operational Hadoop data lake that integrates an operational database with Hadoop, so operational data is stored in Hadoop that will cover the needs from companies on big data.
- A cloud hardware appliance leveraging the next generation of hardware to be produced by Bull, the main European hardware provider. This hardware is a scale-up hardware similar to the one of mainframes but with a more modern architecture.
Both the operational database and the in-memory analytics engine will be optimized to fully exploit this hardware and deliver predictable performance. Additionally, CloudDBAppliance will tolerate catastrophic cloud data centres failures (e.g. a fire or natural disaster) providing data redundancy across cloud data centres.
In this project, Zenith is in charge of designing and implementing the components for analytics and parallel query processing.