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Is a ‘Federated’ European Cloud More Democratic? By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Europe is still 'not getting it' when it comes to cloud (or not getting it enough at least)

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published the results of a survey conducted at the beginning of 2014, on ICT usage in enterprises with a special focus on the use of cloud computing services in the EU Member States.

Eurostat's "finding" centered on the "fact" that cloud computing services have been used (in 2014) by only one out of every five (19%) enterprises in the EU28.

Insufficient knowledge of cloud
Although this is a Euro-study, the results are telling for those from further afield because for the remaining 81% of the EU enterprises not using the cloud, "insufficient knowledge of cloud computing" was suggested as the main stumbling and/or blocking factor here.

The risk of a security breach came in as the second factor holding back cloud but, crucially, the bare knowledge factor ranked highest.

In light of this survey and the wider latency seen in the market, there have been calls for a federation of European vendors to promote the knowledge needed so firms can make the correct decision on where to use cloud computing services.

HP has engaged in a non-profit initiative, known as Cloud 28+, to help coordinate existing datacenters into a federation of services.

So then, Cloud28+ is a "Cloud of Clouds," made in Europe and secured locally.

European Cloud service catalogue
This means producing a single European Cloud service catalogue for datacenters based in the EU and working with the variations in data location standards in each of the 28 Member States.

According to HP, "European enterprises, SMBs and ISVs are welcome to join the Cloud28+ initiative and participate in collaborative efforts to transform the market ecosystem and unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe. Through building such a partner ecosystem with Cloud 28+, but also with its global equivalent Helion Network, and the recent Cloud Builder program, HP supports SMBs in their journey to cloud - as well as larger enterprise clients with HP's own professional services capabilities."

The firm points to its HP Cloud Builder Specialists - these are partners who have demonstrated expertise in the design, implementation and maintenance of cloud computing environments and solutions. Partners are invited to invest in one or more Cloud Builder tracks: Infrastructure, Software Professional services or public cloud.

Converged strategies and common architectures
It is clear that best practice approaches, converged cloud strategies that champion common architectures, portability across different deployment models and the ability to work with whatever compliancy and governance models are at hand is the future.

Europe is still "not getting it" when it comes to cloud (or not getting it enough at least), so HP's moves may be interesting here. Yes of course the company wants to sell more HP products and services as a result, but does it take a big player with HP's kind of breadth to instigate this level of initiative before the industry gets into the next gear?

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services.

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Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole.

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