Content Assessment: A Cloudy Alliance? A Next Generation Cloud for Europe
Information - 90%
Insight - 90%
Relevance - 85%
Objectivity - 90%
Authority - 95%
A short percentage-based assessment of the qualitative benefit of the recent post highlighting a European Commission initiative to develop a next-generation cloud for Europe.
Editor’s Note: Introduced via news announcement on October 15, 2020, the European Commission and the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union highlighted their welcoming of the political will expressed by all 27 Member States for a next-generation cloud for Europe. In this milestone achievement, the signatory Member States agreed to work together towards deploying resilient and competitive cloud infrastructure and services across Europe. As cloud computing is considered fundamental for a genuine and competitive single market for data and services, this secure and competitive cloud offering is viewed as essential to providing trustworthy data processing infrastructure and services that public administrations, businesses, and citizens require in Europe.
Toward a Next-Generation Cloud for Europe
An Extract Shared Under Creative Commons License from the European Commission
Cloud computing enables data-driven innovation and emerging technologies, such as 5G/6G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. It allows European businesses and the public sector to run and store their data safely, according to European rules and standards. The EU now has a unique opportunity to tap into the need for more data sharing and decentralized data processing, closer to the user.
A common approach to building the European cloud supply will reinforce Europe’s digital sovereignty and increase the competitiveness of European business and industry. In parallel, it will support digitalization for efficient public administrations, better healthcare, and a cleaner, more sustainable environment.
Member States recognize the need for additional investment, enhanced synergies across national initiatives, and a coordinated strategy to lead the cloud uptake in the private and public sectors across Europe. In particular, as agreed in the Declaration, the Member States’ joint actions will focus on:
- Combining private, national, and EU investment in deploying competitive, green, and secure cloud infrastructures and services. This will mean pursuing the next steps together with industry and experts to shape the European Alliance on Industrial Data and Cloud.
- Defining a common European approach on federating cloud capacities, by working towards one set of joint technical solutions and policy norms in order to foster pan-European interoperable EU cloud services.
- Driving the take-up of more secure, interoperable, and energy-efficient data centers and cloud services in particular for small and medium enterprises, start-ups, and the public sector.
A European Alliance on Industrial Data and Cloud will be launched by the end of the year. Within this Alliance, interested Member States, industries and relevant experts will work together to design the detailed business, investment, and implementation plan to deploy the next generation cloud capacities for the public and private sector.
All 27 Member States have pooled forces to commit to the next generation cloud for Europe and will drive its uptake in the private and public sectors across the EU.
EC Joint Declaration on Cloud
- Commission Welcomes Member States’ Declaration of EU Cloud Federation
- European Commission Policy Overview: Cloud Computing