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European Commission lauds benefits of cloud computing adoption

25 Jun 2012
Cloud computing

Widespread cloud computing adoption has the potential to offer nation states as much as €200bn in economic benefits, according to the European Commission's (EC) head of the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes.

Kroes claimed that widespread cloud adoption in Europe would help revolutionise the way public services and scientific research is run, during a speech in Brussels on Monday.

"It [cloud] could revolutionise public services, making it easier to provide services that are integrated, effective and at lower cost," said Kroes.

"Or take science. Modern science depends on a huge amount of data: the Cloud offers a fast and flexible way to store, process and share it.

"That's why a number of prominent research centres, for example CERN and the European Space Agency, have teamed up to launch a massive cloud computing effort."

Kroes also that cloud technologies would lead to tangible financial benefits for EU countries.

"Overall, the cloud means a big boost to our economy. In a country like Germany, some estimate that over five years, cloud computing could generate over €200bn in economic benefits, and 800,000 jobs. That's around €500 per German citizen per year," said Kroes.

"Plus there are savings to public authorities too: useful at a time of strained public finances. The UK government expects to save 20 per cent on IT expenditure, by harmonising software with cloud computing."

The news follows the EC's previous pledge to invest €10m to boost European cloud adoption. Building on the pledge Kroes warned that in order to fully reap the benefits of cloud, Europe would need to create a single, lightly regulated market that companies felt safe using.

"To get the most cloud benefits, we must avoid national fortresses: and think European," said Kroes.

"We must ensure the security of our networks. We must assure people that their data is safe and protected online. And we must give them legal certainty that they can enforce their cloud contract, if they need to."

Kroes comments run in tandem with several big name cloud providers, like HP, recently announcing plans to expand their European cloud presence and Google achieving compliance with European cloud data protection laws.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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