EU says cloud computing could boost GDP by €160bn
Greater use of the internet to store and process data remotely, also called
cloud computing, could boost the European Union's gross domestic product by 160
billion euros [$205.96 billion] annually by 2020, the EU's digital chief said
"Without EU action, we will stay stuck in national fortresses and miss out
on billions in economic gains," EU Commissioner for the digital agenda
Neelie Kroes said when setting out the bloc's new strategy."We must
achieve critical mass and a single set of rules across Europe... We must tackle
the perceived risks of cloud computing head-on."
The strategy, which is a non legally-binding set of guidelines, aims to set
standards for cloud computing and remove cross-border barriers such as tax
issues and conflicting data protection rules. The commission will work with the
support of the European Network Security Agency, or ENISA, and other relevant
bodies to set up EU-wide voluntary certification schemes in the area of cloud
services vary from large-scale operations for major companies, such as those
offered by Oracle Inc., Cisco Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., to consumer-focused
products, such as Apple Inc.'s iCloud or Miscrosoft Inc.'s SkyDrive.
One reason for the EU setting out its strategy now is to encourage more
European players in this area; Germany's SAP AG posted a 13% rise in profit in
the second quarter, driven in part by its cloud computing operations, but most
cloud computing firms are based in the U.S.
Under the new guidelines, users of cloud computing should be able to request
that their data is stored in a specific region, if they wish. With regard to
others' personal data, the existing EU Data Protection Directive requires data
to either be stored in the European Economic Area or in a territory that has
equivalent privacy laws.
The commission said a greater take-up of cloud computing could lead to the
creation of 3.8 million jobs overall, including those in the wider economy as
access to IT services becomes easier for smaller companies, compared with 1.3
million if the regulatory and other policy barriers aren't tackled.
"Cloud computing is a game-changer for our economy," Ms. Kroes
said."Europe needs to think big."
Источник: Total Telecom
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