CloudWATCH2 - Think Cloud Services for Government, Business Research

Project start: 
Tuesday, 30 May, 2017
Project end: 
Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Project Website: 
http://www.cloudwatchhub.eu

The CloudWatchHUB.eu is the place to go for educational guides and practical tools for the cloud – it’s a great place to start for SMEs, schools and small IT teams in public administration.

CloudWatchHUB.eu is also the only place with direct access to cutting-edge software services and cloud solutions which are free and available for end- users. Open source is the operative word. 

 

Who is the service/solution designed for?: 

Cloud computing is the great leveller offering game-changing capabilities and cost savings for Governments, public administrations, businesses and research. CloudWATCH2 targets these communities to help them make informed decisions when moving to the cloud or taking services to the market, guiding them through the different phases and offering invaluable tips on legal aspects.

 

How will your solution/service benefit the end-user? 

The future of the European cloud market is directly in uenced by our target stakeholders.

Millions of consumers and businesses across Europe depend on cloud computing infrastructure, perhaps critically so, to access digital services ranging from email to e-government and digital health. Creating a Digital Single Market comprising such a diverse range of digital services underpinned by cloud computing infrastructure, requires a deliberated approach to open source and open standards that enables prospective customers to compare service capabilities and pricing in a transparent way. This is where CloudWatchHUB. eu makes a real difference.

Through our Cloud Market Roadmap, we address what a healthy cloud market should look like in order to drive uptake across a very broad set of customers.

To make Research & Innovation outputs useful, usable and used, we promote new technologies emerging from European Commission funded Research and Services for Data Protection Security and Privacy in the Cloud Innovation (R&I) projects which provide secure and standardised solutions. We assess their market and technical readiness levels to improve their impact. We map, test and promote the adoption of interoperability and security standards which are necessary in building trust in the cloud market.

We educate our stakeholders through online tools and guides, and informative workshops to promote the adoption of cloud computing. 

 

How can the solution/service help you become more efficient, more secure, faster or cost-effective?: 

The adoption of both standards and benchmarks are vital for the continued growth of the cloud service market. This should be standards-based, avoids vendor lock-in, be fairly priced and open up the market to more players because:

» Standards allow a phased approach to cloud adoption using hybrid cloud technologies, and promote vigorous competition across this market.

» Standards facilitate more accurate price-performance benchmarking helping cloud buyers make purchasing decisions.

With more open source standardized solutions tailored for market requirements, R&I project outputs can really contribute to and drive the adoption of cloud computing for government, business and research. With more educated stakeholders, this can lead to a more resilient cloud market with fair, transparent pricing.