Organisations across Europe have been invited to air their views on cloud computing technology and how they would like to see the market evolve in the future.
The European Commission (EC) has set up a consultation to gauge the opinions of everyone from cloud service providers to end users including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Computer Weekly reports.
Policymakers will use the findings to inform their future cloud computing strategy and determine which areas should be prioritised in upcoming research projects.
Among the matters currently being looked at are improving data management processes and performance levels, boosting security and privacy protection in cloud-based services and enhancing interoperability of workloads through the development of a federated cloud.
Stakeholders and interested parties have a month in which to express their views and they can access the consultation paper at the Digital Agenda for Europe section of the EC website.
The international body hopes the consultation will “bring together existing and new stakeholders, in particular from innovative technological SMEs and from the public sector”.
In addition, the EC said it would like the responses to help focus the Work Programme in order to “maximise its impact on competitiveness and growth”.
The consultation comes at a time when the adoption of cloud-based IT infrastructure is increasing at a rapid pace across Europe.
According to a recent report by IDC, business spending on the technology in Europe, the Middle East and Africa is likely to go up by 19 per cent this year to more than £2 billion.
The report identified significant regional variations on a country-by-country basis, with cloud penetration being much more advanced in western Europe than in markets classed as emerging nations.
Figures also showed there has been a notable increase in private and public cloud deployments in northern Europe in the last few years, which IDC said has been “driven by large multinational providers, especially in business to consumer environments”.
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