Interview with Alfonso Ríos Alonso, Indra Sistemas, Spain and member of EUBrazil Cloud Connect External Expert Committee. December 2014

Alfonso Ríos Alonso, Cloud Computing Director of Indra Sistemas since March 2013, is member of EUBrazilCloudConnect External Expert Committee and chaired Cloudscape Brazil Session 4 Cross-Border Cloud, Data Infrastructures & Security Challenges (eubrazilcloudconnect.eu/cloudscapebrazil). Indra is the leading consulting and technology multinational in Spain and Latin America. It provides solutions and services for the Transport and Traffic, Energy and Industry, Public Administration and Healthcare, Financial Services, Security and Defence and Telecom and Media sectors.

EUBrazil Cloud Connect is integrating IT resources, services, databases and tools in one unique infrastructure where different services can be deployed. According to your experience, what role could Indra play in the transfer of research knowledge and assets, and in particular EUBrazilCloudConnect knowledge and assets to the market?

Alfonso Ríos: “R&D project results need to be relevant to industry. This is one of the key concerns of policy makers and funding bodies. Indra has experience in transforming R&D initiatives into real applications for industry, and thereby prevents projects from remaining stuck in only an investigation stage.  Indra has also added value products that can be integrated to the EUBrazilCloudConnect infrastructure. For example, Gmonitor provides monitoring facilities, it checks system resources like CPU consumption, memory usage, disk space, socket connections and disk temperature.  We are going to analyze if this product can be integrated to the EUBrazilCloudConnect infrastructure.”

What are the key aspects that research must take into account in order to respond to the needs of user communities?

Alfonso Ríos: “Focussing on the key challenges and achieving tangible results that can be easily recognized by the final user community is paramount.

Research projects have to guarantee a fluent communication with academia, industry and the community, creating an excellence network between these actors.   Project partners must identify clear objectives and reach their goals and communicate how they have been achieved clearly.”

What business model do you envisage for EUBrazilCloudConnect, where a federated, hybrid ICT infrastructure is serving scientific communities in different fields of applications (namely Leishmaniasis, Cardiac modelling and climate change impact on biodiversity)?

Alfonso Ríos: “In order to promote a sustainable project and extend the services worldwide, a pay-per-use consumption model could be an interesting alternative to propose to the institutions that are going to be benefited by the data provided through the technological tools. This model oriented to “pay as you go” allows controlling the expenses and scaling the investments.”


Alfonso Ríos Alonso

In 1.999 Alfonso Ríos Alonso founded Helide where G technology was created. Then he merged his company and has been CEO, CTO and director of several companies, among maatG Knowledge which belonged to Caja Rural de Toledo and Gnubila, an Indra Sistemas’ company. He has also managed companies in several countries including France, Switzerland and Colombia. He is the main developer of G technology, Gnubila's main asset and one of the major cloud platforms in the industry according to Gartner who has mentioned G technology in the last Magic Quadrant report for Application Platform as a Service.  Alfonso serves as a Cloud Computing Director of Indra Sistemas since March 2013.



Indra Sistemas

Indra is the leading consulting and technology multinational in Spain and Latin America. It provides solutions and services for the Transport and Traffic, Energy and Industry, Public Administration and Healthcare, Financial Services, Security and Defence and Telecom and Media sectors. Two of the main components in Indra’s cloud architecture have been created based on European initiatives, namely GPaaS and Sofia2. Indra incorporated GPaaS to its strategy by the acquisition in 2013 of Gnúbila, strengthening its differential business model based on innovation. Gnúbila had its beginning in 2002 and its first European R&D projects aimed at applying and making available the latest scientific technological advantages to the commercial world. Currently, Indra is evaluating and integrating other components following the achievements of successful R&D projects, like OpenStack or IM.

 

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