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Primeur weekly 2013-09-30

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part I ...

The Cloud

VEP 2.1 is now available ...

Cloud-for-Europe gears up for the future ...

Cloud computing must tackle the security challenge ...

European Space Agency delivers its SuperSites Exploitation Platform on Interoute Virtual Data Centre ...

Oracle announces roadmap for Nimbula Director and OpenStack API integration with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

IBM announces US $17 million investment in new Cloud data centre ...

HP Enterprise Services launches new Cloud-based Analytics as a Service based on HP’s Big Data analytics platform ...

EuroFlash

Bull and Sinequa announce unmatched performance on bullion servers, enabling new real time Big Data experience ...

ADVA Optical Networking shows first SDN-automated end-to-end provisioning for dispersed data centres ...

European Landscape Study of Research Data Management ...

HPC Midlands and Bull lead the way in making supercomputing accessible to industry ...

Domain walls as new information storage medium ...

Counting on neodymium ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems selected by CoinTerra to partner for liquid cooling solutions ...

Agilent Technologies accelerates smartphone and defense simulations by a factor of 64 ...

University of Utah's Christopher Johnson, leader in scientific visualization and computing, will receive 2013 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

LSU researchers receive $4 million NSF grant for new supercomputing cluster ...

Convey Computer launches hybrid-core Memcached appliance - speeds performance, reduces cost of ownership ...

Terascala advances its vision of optimizing high-performance computing work flows for faster time to results ...

Teradata named in two Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 4th consecutive year ...

Clot busting simulations test potential stroke treatment ...

Supercomputers help solve a 50-year homework assignment ...

Cloud-for-Europe gears up for the future

25 Sep 2013 Brussels - Europe has taken a vital step in its efforts to become a major player in Cloud computing. The announcement of the Cloud-for-Europe (C4E) platform in July is a tangible outcome of the nascent European Cloud Partnership. It will bring private and public organisations together under one 'virtual' roof to thrash out a strategy for boosting the take-up of Cloud computing in Europe.

On 4 July 2013, the Cloud-for-Europe initiative was formally announced in Tallinn, Estonia, in the presence of its major stakeholders, as well as President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia and Vice-president Neelie Kroes of the European Commission.

Cloud-for-Europe is a Cloud-computing initiative driven by committed public-sector organisations from Member States and Associated Countries. It will seek clarity on public-sector requirements and use-cases for Cloud computing.

Supported by stakeholders from all sectors, the main objectives of C4E are to remove the obstacles holding back Cloud adoption and to identify the requirements from different public organisations beyond national borders. The focus will be on building trust in European Cloud computing, in particular by applying 'pre-commercial procurement' (PCP) as an instrument for industry innovation. Cloud-for-Europe will also establish suitable contractual terms and conditions for future Cloud procurements. The published results of the work and lessons learnt will inform developments in the PCP instrument.

According to a statement by Mrs Kroes, "If we seize the opportunity, Cloud computing could give the European economy a boost worth up to 250 billion euro a year. And the benefits for the public sector are particularly promising - offering citizens services that are better, more integrated and more effective, at less cost. So I particularly welcome the Cloud-for-Europe initiative, which can boost the uptake of the cloud in the public sector."

The three-and-a-half-year project is funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7) and brings together 24 partners, including the IT and telecom industry and SMEs from 11 countries.

This multi-stakeholder approach is essential to shaping a European Cloud-computing market which stands to benefit European users, suppliers and citizens. As such, C4E is the flagship European Cloud implementation action and a major stepping-stone towards a Digital Single Market for IT services in the Cloud.

The official launch conference for Cloud-for-Europe is scheduled to take place on November 14 and 15 in Berlin, Germany. Stakeholders who are interested in attending the conference and helping to shape the future of Cloud computing in Europe are welcome to contact the Cloud-for-Europe team.

More information is available at the Cloud-for-Europe website.
Source: European Commission

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-09-30

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part I ...

The Cloud

VEP 2.1 is now available ...

Cloud-for-Europe gears up for the future ...

Cloud computing must tackle the security challenge ...

European Space Agency delivers its SuperSites Exploitation Platform on Interoute Virtual Data Centre ...

Oracle announces roadmap for Nimbula Director and OpenStack API integration with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

IBM announces US $17 million investment in new Cloud data centre ...

HP Enterprise Services launches new Cloud-based Analytics as a Service based on HP’s Big Data analytics platform ...

EuroFlash

Bull and Sinequa announce unmatched performance on bullion servers, enabling new real time Big Data experience ...

ADVA Optical Networking shows first SDN-automated end-to-end provisioning for dispersed data centres ...

European Landscape Study of Research Data Management ...

HPC Midlands and Bull lead the way in making supercomputing accessible to industry ...

Domain walls as new information storage medium ...

Counting on neodymium ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems selected by CoinTerra to partner for liquid cooling solutions ...

Agilent Technologies accelerates smartphone and defense simulations by a factor of 64 ...

University of Utah's Christopher Johnson, leader in scientific visualization and computing, will receive 2013 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

LSU researchers receive $4 million NSF grant for new supercomputing cluster ...

Convey Computer launches hybrid-core Memcached appliance - speeds performance, reduces cost of ownership ...

Terascala advances its vision of optimizing high-performance computing work flows for faster time to results ...

Teradata named in two Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 4th consecutive year ...

Clot busting simulations test potential stroke treatment ...

Supercomputers help solve a 50-year homework assignment ...