06 March 2011

EU - Digital Agenda: how cloud computing can boost Europe's competitiveness

European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes is visiting the CeBIT2011 information technology (IT) exhibition in Hannover, Germany on 2 and 3 March, where the main theme is cloud computing. A major potential advantage of cloud computing for companies and public administrations is that they no longer need to install and maintain software and computing equipment of their own, nor manage data storage facilities in-house. Instead, they can enjoy remote access, through networks such as the internet, to state-of-the-art software and data storage systems offered by specialist outside suppliers and so take advantage of much more affordable and efficient IT systems. Some examples of EU-funded projects in the field of cloud computing include: RESERVOIR – technology for a European cloud, OPTIMIS – helping SMEs to benefit from the cloud ansd CONTRAIL – using the cloud to maximise use of computing infrastructure.