There has been on-going discussion regarding the alignment of cloud computing services to a range of European policy objectives. This paper provides an outline of key legal and regulatory aspects arising from recent calls for establishing a Europe-only cloud. After covering the background to such calls, it outlines the policy objectives that may underlie the Europe-only cloud proposals.
After the initial analysis of challenges and barriers that exist in cloud procurement (survey on Procurement of Cloud services: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PICSE) we would like to understand specific barriers that public sector organisations (mainly reserach institutes and libraries) are facing while procuring IaaS and PaaS/SaaS services through two short follow up surveys.
1) What is a cloud computing SLA?
2) What should I look for before I agree to a cloud SLA?
3) How much downtime is too much?
4) What if my provider isn't meeting the SLA expectations? And how do I know?
5) What about compliance? What regulations do I need to meet?
Interesting blog post by Ivan Harris, 15 December, 2014.
"As we head into 2015, my expectation is that the pace of cloud adoption will grow at an even faster rate. To achieve that I think there are three areas suppliers and the G-Cloud team need to address in the year ahead.
Over 50 managers, cloud providers, policy makers, procurers and researchers dealing with the adoption of cloud computing gathered recently for the workshop “Enabling a Dynamic Cloud Ecosystem". The event was hosted by the European Space Agency, ESA ESRIN in Frascati, Italy and organized by the Helix Nebula Initiative - HNI (www.helix-nebula.eu) and the newly-launched project, Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe - PICSE (www.picse.eu), both supporting the uptake of cloud computing in Europe.
To ensure that Europe reaps the benefits of the shift to cloud computing, there is the need to focus on new ways of procuring cloud based services. We have to be sure that our the PICSE Procurer's platform reflects the requirements of our stakeholders and therefore we invite you to contribute to this by taking part in our survey.
PICSE has the answer for you. If you have a project idea in mind for the upcoming ICT Call 8 "Boosting public sector productivity and innovation through cloud computing services" or for the ICT Call 36 "Pre-commercial procurement open to all areas of public interest requiring new ICT solutions (with a focus on cloud services)" take advantage of the PICSE Partner Search functionality. It's quick and easy!
UK Central government organisations are responsible for over three quarters of G-Cloud purchases on a value basis, with total sales through the framework since its launch reaching £345.6m as of October 2014. According to the latest Cabinet Office figures, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have accounted for £184m worth of services sold though G-Cloud by the end of last month, amounting to 53.2% of all sales in terms of value. Large enterprises were responsible for the remaining £162m of public sector spending through the framework.
The PICSE project will launch at the Helix Nebula Initiative General Assembly "Enabling a Dynamic Cloud Ecosystem", 26-27 November 2014 at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. The event will bring together the members of the PICSE initiative (www.picse.eu) which focusses on a procurement model for cloud services in Europe.
Helix Nebula is found in iMentors' mapping e-infrastructure initiatives list. iMentors is a e-infrastructure monitoring evaluation and tracking support system that has mostly to do with all e-infrastructure development projects of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a project co-funded by the European Commission's DG CONNECT under the 7th Framework Programme.