As the European Union moves ahead with its cloud computing strategy, a number of other nations around the world are aiming toward similar goals.
The EU's European Cloud Computing Strategy focuses on standards, partnerships, and cross-border interoperability. One of the main goals of this strategy is to speed up the adoption of cloud computing within EU member nations and, ultimately, accelerate the process of technological growth across the Union.
According to an IDC survey of 1,056 businesses in the EU, 64 percent of respondents are using cloud services in some fashion; of these, 34 percent are using cloud computing across multiple areas of their organizations. The European Commission is aiming to use its strategy to encourage new standards and partnerships to make cloud usage virtually ubiquitous in the EU. The European Cloud Computing Strategy is based on the following three key actions:
Standards and Certification: Identifying technical standards for optimum interoperability, data portability, and reversibility by year-end 2013, with an eye toward developing a list of what the strategy statement calls "EU-wide voluntary certification schemes" by 2014.
Contract Terms and Conditions: Developing model contract terms for issues such as data ownership, preservation, and disclosure. The European Commission strategy plan claims that this will "accelerate the take-up of cloud computing by increasing the trust of prospective consumers."
European Cloud Partnership: Promoting what the strategy plan identifies as "better public procurement" of cloud services in Europe, including “procurement across borders.” Goals of this action include improving efficiencies in the public sector and promoting what the strategy document calls a “European cloud industry.” To achieve this, the European Commission is investing 383 million Euros in funding research projects using cloud computing for information and communication technologies (ICT).
Achieving European standards in cloud computing will help governments and enterprises alike move toward a clear cloud adoption strategy while reducing fears of security and privacy issues.
Nations line up "cloud-first" strategies
The EU is not alone in its efforts toward developing cloud standards. For example, Australia's Department of Finance and Deregulation, a division of the government's Information Management Office, has consulted with government agencies, industry, and the public to develop a detailed paper. This paper explores the opportunities and impact of cloud computing on the Australian government. This initiative is particularly important because the Australian government's business operations are highly dependent upon ICT.
The Government of New Zealand is also moving ahead with its cloud computing strategy, originally announced in August 2012. New Zealand's all-of-government cloud computing approach means that as cloud-based service offerings become available, core public services will be expected to transition to them.
New Zealand's "cloud-first" policy, led by the Government CIO, means that agencies will adopt the cloud when faced with new procurements, or when preparing for an upcoming contract extension decision. However, with security concerns top-of-mind, New Zealand's government is waiting before it takes its data hosting offshore, demonstrating a balance between accelerating cloud adoption and taking a conservative approach to data hosting.
Cloud computing use in national governments is taking big steps around the globe. How do your cloud computing efforts stack up? Do you think these and other government initiatives will achieve the goal of accelerating cloud adoption? Tell us below.
Me Neither[I dont believe in Punishment as a means of Disciplining kids];but then do you have your own kids?
[Apologies if this sounds very personally invasive];but frankly speaking handling kids is a very-very tough job and especially if Both parents are working ;taking care of the kids takes a lot out of the parent.
Remember not every country in the world has an awesome State-provided Childcare network like the Scandinavians do.
For one example of childcare network gone TOTALLY WRONG;please consider this
I don't believe in punishment of any sort as discipline. Upbringing and education have to be done by communication, explaining the kid the reasons and whys of things. Kinds have the capacity of learning and understanding after all, don't they?
Companies in cloud will now adapt to OpenStack and interoperate with open source. Interoperability will allow organizations to build their own private clouds across the estimated multi-trillion dollar industry.
@ Susan: If properly designed and adequately executed, EU nations can implement sound & successful cloud-based infrastructures. I recommend that they adopt strategies from VMware, IBM, Cisco, SAP, EMC, and other technology companies who worked together to create an 'open cloud manifesto' and have successfully deployed public, private and hybrid cloud technology in their global enterprises.
I am not trying to Defend the actions the actions taken by these schoolteachers(They are frankly speaking undefendable-Nothing,absolutely nothing can permit you to send a 5-10 year old kid to Jail in Handcuffs!!)
But what I have noticed with today's Kids is that they are EXTREMELY Hyper-active(I am sure you must have noticed this too).
I don't know is it because of the Fast Food they eat or is it because something else[My Dieticion friends tell me that's one of the primary reasons along with Excessive Use of Drugs and Anti-Depression Medications by Mothers].
If that's the case,then a Change in Diet is the way to go(and Discouraging Young Kids from consuming the Next happy Meal)!
Also,we have to teach our Kids today a very valuable Skill called Patience.
You can't have everything all the time.
At the same time we can't simply Outsource Parental Responsibilities to Teachers just because Parents are incompetent or have No time for Parenting.
Parenting can be a Joy if you become a kid yourself and become your Kids best friend(At times when you need Discipline you have to just Crack it...)
You have left me speechless sending that link. After reading about those little kids being arrested, handcuffed, put in jail, and brutalized by police I was just staring at the screen. I didn't know this was happening. Needless to say that the "educators" at those schools deserve no respect, neither the police.
What do they think they are doing? Do they know the mental and emotional damage they are provoking? Do you know how the lives of those little kids are going to be after that? Those people are mentally sick. There is no social evolution in humanity, Ashish.
Thinking about the change we could see if people would start to prioritize the good results, and good initiatives, starting with kids. When you value the good things and good results children have at school they get motivated. Even if it's one little thing they did well, next time they will do bettter, and then better, because they see their effort is recognized and valued.
Those children will grow up in a positive atmosphere, when they become adults they will continue the same practice.
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