UK cloud sector bags £5m R&D boost

News Jane McCallion Jan 3, 2013
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Investment aims to remove barriers to business cloud adoption

The government is pouring £5 million into 13 projects that aim to speed up business adoption of cloud in the UK.

The initiative is being spearheaded by the Technology Strategy Board, which is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

It follows research carried out by the agency that flagged interoperability, resilience of data and identity assurance as the three main issues preventing firms from embracing cloud.

The new projects will aim to develop systems, services and software to help resolve these challenges .

The government investment will be matched by private funding from the organisations involved in the initiative, which include BAE Systems, Telefónica UK and Jaguar Land Rover, bringing the total value of the projects to approximately £10 million.

Of the thirteen projects, 10 will be collaborative research and development schemes that will last for up to two years. The remaining three are shorter-term investigations, each lasting up to 12 months.

Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: “The market for cloud computing services is growing by 26 per cent each year...Through this support we aim to help UK suppliers of cloud infrastructure and outsourced IT services to work together on the challenges that are holding back the adoption of cloud computing, in order to capture a bigger share of this expanding market.”

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