Strategic Blue, in association with its partners in CloudWatch2, are pleased to announce the publication of the final version of our Roadmap Towards a Cloud Market Encouraging Transparent Pricing.
This is the culmination of two years of effort under the CloudWatch2 projected, kindly funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 framework.
Foreword by the European Commission
Here’s the foreword, kindly contributed by the European Commission itself, as a taster:
“The provision of IT services via the cloud is becoming the new norm. Enterprises small and large, as well as many public sector organisations are moving towards a “cloud first policy”, craving the agility that on-demand IT allows. The European Commission has identified the strategic role of cloud within its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe and has setup a coherent strategy in order to accelerate the take-up and increased use of cloud computing across all economic sectors. Europe wants to embrace all the benefits offered by cloud technologies. For this purpose, interoperability must be enabled and relevant standards must be leveraged. This is needed to allow benchmarking of service quality and price comparison. Emerging issues related to ownership, access, porting of data and switching of cloud service providers should be adequately addressed. In this way, we can ensure a level playing field for all cloud players which will stimulate competition and create innovative and efficient marketplaces for users of cloud services in Europe.”
Pierre Chastanet, Acting Head of Unit, Cloud & Software, European Commission
We’d like to thank our CloudWatch2 partners for their help and support in editing the many iterations of this document: