Title: Cyber Ocean: a roadmap to maritime cloud

Authors: Kleanthis Dellios; Dimitrios Papanikas; Despina Polemi

Addresses: Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Karaoli and Dimitriou 80, 185 34 Piraeus, Greece ' Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Karaoli and Dimitriou 80, 185 34 Piraeus, Greece ' Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Karaoli and Dimitriou 80, 185 34 Piraeus, Greece

Abstract: The maritime domain; a sub domain of the wider critical infrastructure domain plays a decisive role in the worldwide digital economy and collaborative environments where leading information and communication technology is being utilised. In addition, the emerging technology of cloud computing is providing holistic frameworks for generating and delivering a plethora of interoperable, cost effective and scalable e-services creating new business opportunities and immediate profit when implemented. Driven by this motivation, a perspective beyond the traditional information and communication systems utilisation; a road-map to maritime cloud is proposed. The digital frontiers of the 'Cyber Ocean' and the strategic approach for the creation of the maritime cloud environment are defined and the maritime cloud architecture is designed in order to host innovative maritime services in a new era of technology for the maritime domain.

Keywords: Cyber Ocean; maritime cloud; transition plan; cloud stack; reference architecture; information and communication technology; ICT; information technology; cloud services; critical infrastructures; cloud computing; maritime services; shipping; ports; ontology; information systems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2015.070175

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2015 Vol.9 No.4, pp.415 - 436

Received: 03 Aug 2013
Accepted: 14 Oct 2013

Published online: 24 Jun 2015 *

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