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Smart cities and cloud computing: lessons from the STORM CLOUDS experiment

Christina Kakderi, Nicos Komninos, Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos

Abstract

Since the emergence of cloud computing paradigm, there has been an increasing interest on the adoption of cloud computing from municipalities and city governments towards their effort to address complex urban problems. This paper explores the significant role that cloud computing can play in helping cities on their way to become smart. We focus on the STORM CLOUDS paradigm as a solution for municipalities everywhere in order to (i) deploy a portfolio of smart cities applications related to governance, economy and quality of life on a single cloud-based platform and (ii) use the platform and its accompanied tools to migrate their existing applications to the cloud environment. Besides the conclusions from the STORM experience, the paper closes with a number of research trends and future challenges that are expected to define the adoption of cloud computing from municipalities and city governments in the following years

Keywords

smart cities; cloud computing; cloud platform; portfolio of cloud-based services; applications’ migration

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18063/JSC.2016.01.002
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