World Eco Forum prepares the EU for cloud

‘Cloud computing, in some form, will happen anyway,’ said Neelie Kroes, Digital Agenda Commissioner, in her speech at the World Economics Forum. And she wants the EU to be ready.

Kroes, speaking at the Forum in Davos at the end of January, made it clear she preferred concepts to be clearly defined, but realised that where cloud computing was concerned the EU had to keep ahead of the game – without such a definition agreed.

“This is a complex situation and nobody is likely to have all the answers… But the EU has a role to play: we can make it happen smoother and faster,” she said.

Part of that role is ensuring data protection and the EU single market requirements can work with the cloud. Kroes explained she was working on a EU-wide cloud computing strategy, which covered three areas.

The legal framework – covering all laws and rules that affect cloud computing in organisations, both public and private (i.e. data protection and privacy regulations), as well as users’ rights.

Technical and commercial fundamentals covers further research into the security and availability of the cloud, but also points out the bigger role to be taken by the European Commission in the standardisation of application programming interfaces and data formats

Kroes finally suggested that EU member states would take on a series of pilot projects to aide them in developing a common approach towards cloud deployment.

Such a strategy is only the beginning with more to come in 2012. However, Kroes will not be waiting until then to continue the conversation of the cloud –providers and users are invited to Brussels in the spring for some ‘intense consultations.’

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Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.