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Full backing for European Commission Consultation on Cloud Computing

by david.nunes

23 May 2011

 

Full backing for European Commission Consultation on Cloud Computing

 

Cloud Industry Forum ready, willing and able to add to the debate at the heart of Europe

 

The Cloud Industry Forum has warmly welcomed the news that the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the benefits that cloud computing can deliver.

Launched by Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, the consultation is seeking views from citizens, businesses, public administrations and other interested parties on how to fully benefit from ‘cloud computing’.

Andy Burton, Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum and CEO of Fasthosts, stated: “It is now clear that interest in the Cloud computing model is reaching the very highest levels of awareness amongst our lawmakers, be that here in the UK or indeed, in Europe.  CIF has already presented evidence to one of the key Select Committees in the House of Commons here in the UK, and is now preparing to submit evidence as part of this major consultation process.

“The EU consultation is inviting all interested parties, in particular cloud developers and cloud users, to explain their experience, needs, expectations and insights into the use and provision of cloud computing. We have recently announced the findings of our own extensive research into the trends and adoption rates of cloud computing here in the UK, which I believe will be of tremendous interest to the Commission,” he added.

In a statement issued Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, said: “I am excited about the potential benefits of cloud computing to cut costs, improve services and open up new business opportunities. We need a well-defined cloud computing strategy to ensure that we make the best use of this potential. The input we are requesting from all interested parties is important to get it right.”

Andy Burton continued: “I am convinced that the Cloud will present a number of opportunities for the European telecoms and IT sectors, as well as for users of those services. This is why we will actively participate in this consultation exercise over the next few months.”

The consultation is looking for specific feedback on a number of particular issues:

  • data protection and liability questions, in particular in cross-border situations;
  • other legal and technical barriers that can slow down the development of cloud computing in Europe;
  • standardisation and interoperability solutions;
  • uptake of cloud services, in particular by SMEs;
  • ways to promote research and innovation in cloud computing.

 

 

 

 

Consultation process

The results of the consultation will feed into a European cloud computing strategy that the Commission will present in 2012. This strategy will aim to clarify the legal conditions for the take-up of cloud computing in Europe, stimulate the development of a competitive European cloud industry and market, and facilitate the roll-out of innovative cloud computing services for citizens and businesses.

 

About the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF)

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) was established in direct response to the evolving supply models for the delivery of software and IT services that has expanded well beyond the traditional on-premise method to one that now embraces hosted and/or, pay-as-you-use Cloud solutions.

 

CIF’s purpose is twofold: To drive a common and public level of transparency about the capability, substance and best practices of online Service Providers (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Web hosting providers etc) through a process of self-certification to a Code of Practice.  Second, this Code of Practice, and the use of the related Certification Mark on participant’s web sites, provides comfort and promotes trust to businesses and individuals wishing to leverage the commercial, financial and agile operations capabilities that the Cloud based and hosted solutions can offer.  CIF is ensuring the integrity and governance of the self-certification process through regular random audits as well as investigating complaints from parties that challenge any specific participants self-certification status.

 

Our ambition is to bring business consumers and suppliers of Cloud and Hosted Services closer together in a trusted, sustainable and rewarding ecosystem.

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