In a move that will help public sector bodies across Europe, technology company HP has announced that the Cloud28+ project has entered a new phase with the beta launch of a centralised cloud services catalogue for the European Union (EU), as well as a streamlined certification scheme.
Cloud28+ has been described as a “fast-growing, open community” of service providers, resellers, independent software vendors, channel partners, developers and public organisations that are devoted to improving enterprise cloud service availability across Europe. It aims to eliminate any barriers to cloud usage by creating a “one-stop shop” for cloud services within the EU.
Over 110 official members across the EU have now joined the “one-stop shop” and are therefore able to offer their cloud services through the Cloud28+ service catalogue.
“Enterprises can easily identify and implement the cloud services they need, while complying with local regulations,” HP said in a press release.
The EuroCloud Star Audit (ECSA) programme lowers the need to carry out expensive individual audits and offers a “high level of transparency and guidance” for customers and service providers alike. A fully independent cloud certification scheme, it provides Cloud28+ partners with an “accountable quality rating” for cloud services.
Within the statement, HP said that – according to a cloud survey carried out by Eurostat – “lack of knowledge, security concerns and legal uncertainty” are some of the biggest barriers for cloud adoption in Europe.
By launching a central EU cloud services marketplace, Cloud28+ hopes to tackle these barriers.
“It provides an easy and transparent way to find cloud services, which match both functional and non-functional criteria, such as security or data privacy regulations,” HP said.
Creating a ‘stronger digital economy’
Xavier Poisson, HP Helion vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, has commented on what the Cloud28+ catalogue has to offer. He said:
“Cloud is a critical component to ensuring a stronger digital economy in Europe.
“Hosted and secured in Europe, the cloud services provided over the Cloud28+ catalogue are based on a common framework in terms of quality, costs and security.
“This is already creating new opportunities for cloud service providers, greater choice for enterprises, and better access for developers. HP believes Cloud28+ will play an integral role accelerating organizations’ transformation to hybrid infrastructure, while protecting sensitive data that serves as the foundation of their rapidly evolving digital business.”