Funded by the European Union, Reservoir is a research initiative on virtualized infrastructure and cloud computing. Reservoir aims to develop a system and framework to serve as the infrastructure for cloud computing by tying together virtualization, grid computing and business service management techniques.
The open-source Reservoir project is lead by industry and academic leaders and focuses on federation of clouds at the infrastructure level to enable on-demand delivery of IT services at competitive costs without the need for massive capital infrastructure investments. Essentially, Reservoir aims to enable end users to run applications on virtual machines in the cloud without having to own or manage physical resources.
Reservoir offers software and specifications under the Reservoir Framework that give users the opportunity to build public and private clouds by choosing specific components.