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Kroes: Cloud can deliver digital growth

Euractiv - European institutions and governments should throw their weight behind joint procurement of computing services to encourage the use of cloud computing, says Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

In an interview with EurActiv, which has also seen other documents spelling out Kroes’ strategy for cloud, the Commission vice president signalled she intends to enlist the EU’s collective spending power to drive a bargain with cloud computing providers.

Cloud computing enables vast amounts of data to be stored efficiently on off-site servers, enabling corporate computer systems to operate more smoothly.

This month, Kroes launched a European Cloud Partnership to promote links between public authorities and industry to overcome problems faced by government institutions and the private sector in using the new technology.