The Cloud for Europe initiative, in support of the European Cloud Partnership, will allow the public sector to implement well-defined cloud computing strategies. Supported by stakeholders from both public and private sector, Cloud for Europe aims to remove the obstacles for cloud adoption. Cloud for Europe brings together industry and the public sector to provide conditions for a digital single market for cloud computing in Europe.
The Cloud for Europe Project will carry out a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) for research and development on cloud computing services for public administrations. This analysis phase will be followed by a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) for services that are identified as missing or need to be adopted for Governments use. The main objectives of C4E are to remove the obstacles for Cloud adoption and to harmonize the requirements from different public organisations beyond national borders.
The purpose is to research and demonstrate solutions for cloud computing adoption by the public sector. Issues like data protection, security, or vendor lock-in are examples of what may be addressed by the PCP process. Cloud for Europe is an EU funded project that will give a view on public sector requirements and usage scenarios for Cloud Computing. Aiming support by stakeholders from industry, purchasers, government users and citizens are involved in this process.
The main objectives of Cloud for Europe are:
The Cloud for Europe project addresses the objectives of the European Cloud Partnership and helps partners to adopt a well-defined European Cloud Computing Strategy for the public sector.
The contributions of CCG are in the analysis of standards and provision of certification levels, analysis of public sector entities and GAP analysis and developing of certification scheme for cloud services. Describes the technical requirements requested by the different administrations and public bodies to the suppliers, good practices and methodologies followed for the adoption of the Cloud Computing model in the European Public Administrations, technical recommendations, standards and certifications, describes the type of cloud services requested by European public administration and profile a standard service catalogue and develops of a certification scheme for cloud services.
Main research outcomes:
Fraunhofer FOKUS (Germany);
BZK (The Netherlands)
KU LEUVEN (Belgium)
MINEZ (The Netherland)
EEMA (United Kingdom)
FIN/BD (The Netherlands)