The contents included in this section are DRAFTS and are under review.

Maximising the potential growth of the European Digital Economy requires investment in ICT infrastructures and technologies, such as Cloud Computing, to boost industrial competiveness and provide better public services. In simple terms, Cloud computing is the storing, processing and use of data stored on remotely located computers accessed over the internet. Users can draw upon almost unlimited computing power and access their data from any internet connection, while reducing capital investment needs.

Cloud Computing is increasingly the chosen platform for the provision of new ICT infrastructure, services, software and applications. By using the cloud, small firms can reach out to large markets, while governments can make their services more attractive and efficient while reining in spending.

However, the drastic changes in the delivery and use of information technology represented by Cloud Computing creates new challenges which must be addressed, including the interoperability of different clouds and cloud services, and the portability of data stored on a cloud.

These communications of the EC explain the policy framework:

COM(2012)529 Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe

COM(2015)192 A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe



Subdomains describe specific cases of application of ICT solutions in the domain. Selected cases for cloud computing are:


List of Standards

For the purposes of the public consultation, a DRAFT list of standards (version 2, update 31/03/2017) applicable to the topics treated in this domain has been created and can be dowloaded for perusal and comments. 

The review and consultation stage aims at: adding/removing items; and classifying items as standards/technical specifications/others following appropriate regulations. 

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