The Cloud for Europe tender for the joint pre-commercial procurement of research and development on cloud computing services is now closed. The purpose of the tender is to research and demonstrate solutions to overcome obstacles for the adoption of cloud computing by the public sector. A total of 29 economic operators from 11 countries submitted their bids. A variety of economic operators are involved: 45% represent SMEs, 24% large companies and 31% public research bodies. Here is the list of successful bidders..
The acquisition of IT services is key to any public or private organisation and the advent of cloud computing requires innovation in the procurement of cloud services. Although cloud computing has become increasingly popular, it appears that potential customers, in the public sector in general and in the research community in particular, are facing barriers that inhibit the wider adoption of cloud services. This report presents a list of barriers to cloud services procurement identified through literature, in-depth interviews of IT managers surveyed over a period of 3 months, and input provided by the PICSE Task Force members as well as intergovernmental research organisations such as CERN and EMBL. The survey demonstrated that barriers to cloud service procurement mainly relate to the adoption of new technology (i.e. cloud computing) and the procurement process itself...
CCSM, the cloud certification schemes metaframework, is a metaframework of relevant cloud certification schemes. The goal of CCSM is to increase transparency about existing certification schemes and to help customers with cloud security when procuring cloud services.
Speaking at the Datacloud Europe Event in Monaco on 3 June, Pearse O’Donoghue, the European Commission’s (EC) head of software, services and cloud computing, said the use of off-premise technologies can bring numerous economic and productivity benefits to both startups and enterprises. In the case of the former, cloud technologies can make it easier for new firms to get up and running without the need for upfront technology investments, which in turn paves the way for the creation of jobs in Europe and an overall increase in GDP. However, there are numerous legislative barriers standing in the way that the Commission is seeking to address with its ongoing Digital Single Market push. This is geared towards the creation of a single marketplace for digital services in the European Union (EU).
CERN has recently published a paper which outlines the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a Service to the public research sector in Europe. The concept of open science and a European open science cloud seems to be widely accepted, but how to implement it remains largely unknown and Helix Nebula and the European Science cloud are examples that can be used to define the future structure...
"I believe that we must make much better use of the great opportunities offered by digital technologies, which know no borders. To do so, we will need to have the courage to break down national silos in telecoms regulation, in copyright and data protection legislation, in the management of radio waves and in the application of competition law..." Jean-Claude Juncker
Leaked copies of the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy and its supporting Evidence file show the European Commission is ready to propose vast regulatory reforms that could affect everything from sales taxes and e-privacy to Internet searches and big data. A specific focus is given to the European cloud where the Helix Nebula Initiative plays a key role.
The Cloud Standards Customer Council has just released the guide " The Practical Guide to Cloud Service Agreements". It provides a practical reference to help enterprise information technology (IT) and business decision makers analyze cloud service agreements (CSAs) from different cloud service providers. The paper informs decision makers of what to expect and what criteria to use as they evaluate CSAs from such potential suppliers.