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The European Cloud Partnership (ECP), a body founded by the European Commission, has welcomed a number of industry bigwigs as members to its Steering Board.
The ECP was set up as part of the European Cloud Strategy and brings together industry representatives with the public sector to try and establish a Digital Single Market for cloud computing in Europe.
While the body is chaired by the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, other members include Matthew Key, chairman and CEO of Telefónica Digital, Werner Vogels, VP and CTO of Amazon, and Léo Apotheker, former CEO of both SAP and HP.
According to the Commission, the ECP Steering Board provides advice on turning cloud into an effective engine for sustainable economic growth, innovation and cost-effective public services.
During the inaugural meeting, the Board members set out their objectives for 2013 and 2014. These included the establishment of a common framework for cloud computing across Europe and stimulating the migration of public IT use to the cloud, which it claims will prompt SMBs to do the same.
As part of this mission, the ECP will research current and emerging security and interoperability standards for the cloud.
By 2014, the ECP will have identified and set in motion three cross-border, interoperable pilot projects that move cloud into mission critical areas of public life, it is claimed.
At the same time, it will encourage cloud providers to undertake voluntary and preferably independently accredited certification.
Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission, said: “I need this top-level input so that all of Europe can see the full benefits of cloud computing, and quickly. President Ilves and all Board members are going to give no-nonsense, action-oriented advice to get the European Cloud Partnership moving.”