The European Cloud Initiative focuses on:
The Initiative builds on the results achieved under the 2012 European Cloud Strategy. It is complemented by other initiatives under the Digital Single Market (DSM) to promote the development and uptake of cloud services, focusing on certification, switching of cloud service providers and security. These actions incorporate input from the European Cloud Partnership (ECP) and the Cloud Select Industry Group (C-SIG).
Other initiatives to strengthen the digital economy include:
The public consultation on the regulatory environment for platforms, online intermediaries, data and cloud computing and the collaborative economy closed on 6 January 2016. A summary of the input is available.
Cloud computing is developing fast. Estimates indicate that these developments could lead to the growth of the European cloud market from €9.5bn in 2013 to €44.8bn by 2020, i.e. almost five times the market size in 2013.
The latest Eurostat data available (end of 2014) shows the current state of play in the European Union regarding the use of cloud computing by enterprises. The main findings are summarised below:
The development of the cloud computing market and the efficient delivery of cloud services particularly depend on the ability to build economies of scale. The establishment of a Digital Single Market will unlock the scale necessary for cloud computing to reach its full potential in Europe.
The European Union also supports the development of cloud computing in Europe with research and innovation actions under the Horizon 2020 programme.