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EU strategy for Cloud

Recently I wrote an opinion piece for (the Dutch) online IT magazine Computable.nl about EU commissionar Neelie Kroes' new European Cloud Computing Strategy.

Her speech, "European Cloud Computing Strategy needs to aim high", was delivered at the Opening of Microsoft Centre on Cloud Computing and Interoperability  in Brussels, 22 March 2011. Kroes highlighted the importance of standardisation and the involvement from public actors and industry. Kroes went on to restate the three pillars for a cloud strategy. Firstly, a legal framework, addressing users' rights, data protection and privacy issues; secondly, technical and commercial fundamentals to boost research efforts on security and reliability;  and thirdly, the market, supporting both industry and public actors.

In my article I elaborate on the fact that this new strategy is something we should embrace and give some practical examples on each of the three pillars.



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