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Commission pledges €10m to cloud partnership

ZDNet - The European Commission is to put €10m towards forming a group of European governments to jointly purchase cloud products.

The European Cloud Partnership, made up of governments and industry, will define common standards for cloud procurement, digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a speech on Thursday.

"The partnership will... look at standards; it will look at security; it will look at ensuring competition, not lock-in," said Kroes. Joint procurement of cloud services by European public bodies and "pooling of resources" is the eventual aim of the partnership, she said.

Governments will ask providers for prototypes, and then move to product procurement.

The European Cloud Partnership is part of the Commission's overall cloud computing strategy, which will be presented later this year.

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