Building the European Cloud Computing Strategy


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Building the European Cloud Computing Strategy

  1. The 2012 European Cloud Computing Conference Brussels, 21 March 2012Building theEuropean CloudComputing Strategy Carl-Christian Buhr, @ccbuhr (All expressed views are those of the speaker.)
  2. 101 Actions DAE,@NeelieKroesEU
  3. 101 Actions Advising on... Cloud Computing ICT Standardisation ICT Research Policy Micro-/Nanoelectronics Photonics etc., @ccbuhr,@NeelieKroesEU
  4. Cloud Computing in the Digital Agenda “Europe should also […] [reinforce] eInfrastructures and […] should develop an EU-wide strategy on cloud computing notably for government and science. […] The strategy should consider economic, legal and institutional aspects.” A Digital Agenda for Europe (COM(2010)245, 19.05.2010),
  5. Why this?• Economic potential for supply & especially demand sides• Cloud computing will happen: to or with us?• Many policies impact cloud & vice versa: need horizontal view
  6. Why now?“Now is the time to bring it all together. […] This goes beyond a policy framework. I want to make Europe not just ‘cloud- friendly’ but ‘cloud- active’.”Neelie Kroes, 27 January 2011
  7. The Commission acts as......Policy Maker Launches policy debates Invites Member States to take action Proposes EU legislation Supports coordination...Funding Agency Research & Innovation projects e.g. eGovernment building blocks...Infrastructure Builder Funds infrastructures Connects Member State systems
  8. When?“[T]he deliverable is a document combining analysis and a plan of future actions. I want to have this in place no later than 2012.” Neelie Kroes, 27 January 2011“Before the summer, I intend to present a European Cloud Strategy...” Neelie Kroes, 24 January 2012
  9. What?“First, the legal framework: users rights, data protection and privacy - including the global aspects […].Second, technical and commercial fundamentals: boosting research efforts, and focussing them on critical issues such as security and reliability.Neelie Kroes, 22 March 2011
  10. And what not?“our overall Cloud Computing strategy,is not about building a European super-Cloud, neither outright nor by forcing the integration of existing public Cloud infrastructures.” Neelie Kroes, 26 January 2012
  11. Process1.Expert Reports (e.g. ENISA)2.Digital Agenda (19/05/2010)3.Announcement (27/01/2011)4.Public online consultation (16/05-01/08/2011)5.Hearings with users, SMEs, IT & telcos(11/2011)6.Industry working groups and recommendations(11/2011)•Cloud Computing Strategy (target July 2012)8.Implementation...
  12. PartnersEuropean Parliament Member States Council of the European Union
  13. Ex. 1: Public procurement“...push public procurers into action.”“Let me just dare to look a bit into thefuture. In the US there is a largeframework contract for cloud computingthat can be used on all levels ofgovernment. This pools a lot ofprocurement power. If anything, this can‘move the market’ – and the publicadministrations. What would we need to doto pull off something like this inEurope?” Neelie Kroes, 23 May 2011
  14. The European Cloud Partnership“I am inviting public authorities and industry, Cloud buyers and suppliers, to come together in a European Cloud Partnership. In the first phase, the Partnership will come up with common requirements for Cloud procurement.” Neelie Kroes, 26 January 2012
  15. Ex. 2: Content online“...a European Cloud Strategy in which we will assess all possible obstacles for the Cloud to enable a flourishing business for content, both for providers and right-holders.” Neelie Kroes, 24 January 2012
  16. Ex. 3: Data Protection “The challenge is to take ourfundamental rights to privacy and theprotection of personal data and makethem work in the digital era. So thatwe remove obstacles – and indeed give a boost – to a competitive and effective Cloud market.” Neelie Kroes, 30 January 2012
  17. Selected Pointers The Digital Agenda for Europe Cloud Computing @ Digital Agenda Public Consultation May-August 2011: Final Report Cloud Computing Industry Recommendations 2011 Neelie Kroes Cloud Speeches Davos 2011 (Announcement): EP 2012 (Content Online): Davos 2012 (Partnership): Brussels 2012 (DP): Neelie Kroes Blogs Data Protection in the Cloud: European Cloud Partnership: Contacts <web>{NeelieKroesEU, cc_buhr}</web> <twitter>@NeelieKroesEU, @ccbuhr</twitter>