EC seeking proposals for '€35bn-a-year' cloud strategy
The European Commission has estimated that cloud computing could be generating annual revenues of €35bn for service providers in Europe by 2014 and said the platform is a "major opportunity" for technology companies.
It made the prediction yesterday as it sought submissions from interested parties in advance of developing a European cloud computing strategy that the commission will present next year.
Neelie Kroes, the European Commission vice president for the digital agenda, said that the EC needed a well-defined cloud computing strategy to ensure that its potential was successfully tapped.
"The input we are requesting from all interested parties is important to get it right," she said.
A recent report by Goodbody Economic Consultants and Microsoft Ireland reckoned cloud computing could create 20,000 jobs and be worth €9.5bn in annual sales to the Irish economy within three years.
Microsoft Ireland managing director Paul Rellis has called on the Government to develop the country as a centre of excellence for cloud computing.
Cloud computing involves the remote provision of applications and storage of files, including day-to-day services such as word processing and graphical presentation services.
The commission wants proposals regarding issues such as data protection and liability questions, legal and technical barriers, uptake of cloud services -- particularly by SMEs, and ways to promote research and innovation in cloud computing.