Standards and certification can play a big role in developing an emerging market, like the cloud. “Cutting through the jungle of standards” is therefore one of the key items of our European Cloud Computing Strategy , launched just over a year ago, a Strategy which aims to create 2.5 million new European jobs and boost EU GDP by EUR 160 billion by 2020.
This is where today's announcement gives a lot of hope. I am pleased that ETSI launched the Cloud Standards Coordination (CSC) initiative in a fully transparent way, open for all stakeholders. They have managed to deliver this mapping of cloud standards fast – here's what they achieved:
What's more, also as part of our work to “cut through the jungle of standards”, we are working with stakeholders (and supported by European Agency ENISA ) to develop voluntary certification schemes . As there are already several certification schemes for cloud security, developing new schemes is not the priority. Rather, our aim is to provide for greater transparency: making an objective list of the schemes that already exist - and sorting out a way to easily compare them. Our aim is more transparency in the cloud market: in my view it is up to the players to opt for the schemes that meet their needs best.
As I set out in November in Berlin, my ultimate ambition is a single market for cloud computing. That cloud single market can be obtained through investing in an inter-operable cloud infrastructure; boosting demand, from the public sector in particular; boosting supply through investment in research and innovation; re-establishing trust and transparency; and safeguarding data protection rules. Today's achievement will definitely contribute to that goal.