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Europe's Cloud Computing Strategy Calls for More Standardization

CIO - IDG News Service (Brussels Bureau) — The European Cloud Computing Strategy, due to be announced on Friday, will seek to cut through the current jungle of standards in the European Union.

The plans, put forward by the European Commission, will also try to establish guidelines for service level agreements in order to build public trust in cloud services.

The Commission admits that setting standards will not be easy. "Currently, individual vendors have an incentive to fight for dominance by locking in their customers, inhibiting standardized, industry-wide approaches," according to Commission's strategy document.

The standards that the Commission wants would be voluntary but would apply to all cloud providers, not just to deals with public administrations.