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EU policy-makers roll out red carpet for cloud adoption

The Register - Public sector procurement regulators at the European Union (EU) look to have finally got a grasp on the issues around cloud computing in Europe – which is good news for both users and providers of cloud computing services.

Like the UK government, with its G-Cloud initiative, the EU has declared that the use of public software-as-a-service solutions is the way forward to meet public sector IT needs.

At EU level, this support is taking tangible shape in the form of a European Cloud Partnership (ECP), funded to the tune of €10m. The aim of the ECP – which is made up of various public sector procurement officers from across Europe – is to help the sector leverage its buying power. It will do this by identifying common requirements and standards across Europe and supporting procurements to meet these common needs.