The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Data Loss
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Big Data Project
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – The Restroom

Cloud Computing Progress in the EU: Should It Matter To You?

Cloud Computing Progress in the EU: Should It Matter To You?

A new article from the Malta Independent announces the publication’s host country has recently entered the cloud computing community. Malta’s government is partnering with Microsoft in order to create a unique “internal cloud” for the country, similar in design to the Internet framework of other European nations. The deal will play out over five years, and will involve roughly 27 million euro.

But most Americans can express only vague familiarity with this country. The Maltese, the white silky-haired lapdog that originated in Malta, is the country’s best ambassador in the states. Why is Microsoft in such close allegiance with a nation known for a small canine?

For starters, the people of Malta are surprisingly adept in technology. Their skills in internet computing technological skill rank as among the highest in all of Europe. Furthermore, it doesn’t hurt that the brains of this operation, Claudio Grech, is a tech genius who is also native to Malta.

This is huge news for the entire European Union. If you regularly follow cloud computing headlines, you’ll understand how protectionist the EU has been in safeguarding its countries’ data away from the cloud. That Malta has so confidently, and self-sufficiently, swept into the club of cloud-active countries could instigate a wave of such entries all over Europe.

You may wonder how Malta was able to sidestep many of the understandable fears the EU has toward the cloud. To be brief, Malta hasn’t.

The country’s plans to save millions on license fees and foster a new generation of IT-proficient labor, via the cloud, is not immune to universal pressures regarding this technology. “Challenges of security and compatibility” may still vex Malta as it undergoes such a major overhaul to its technological structures.

It can be argued that Malta’s almost freewheeling embrace of the cloud is taking place only with the EU’s protective safety net underneath their rise. The article describes the EU’s strength as “well armed to monitor such constraints” against the cloud’s still uncharted scope and reach.

To us stateside, Malta’s move into the cloud should strike us as both intriguing and integral to our own computing community. As the country attempts to dodge the pitfalls of this technology, we should pay attention and take notes. What’s more, we ought to keep a watchful eye on how this partnership succeeds. Will it truly boost Malta’s status as an international tech player? Will American companies seek to replicate the country’s aim to reduce spending costs with the cloud?

Stay tuned.

By Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Recent

The E-Learning Market – Cloud Computing Adoption

The E-Learning Market – Cloud Computing Adoption

The E-Learning Market  We’ve talked a fair bit about e-Learning and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) technologies here on CloudTweaks over the past number of years. The industry is expected to continue to grow at a brisk pace as more and more firms and educational institutions start to adopt cloud based services.  Docebo has an excellent…

Big Data, Business Intelligence And The Programming Language “R”

Big Data, Business Intelligence And The Programming Language “R”

Why Your Next Business Intelligence Hire Will Use R As anyone working in the field knows, business intelligence is an evolving landscape. New technologies, combined with a rapidly expanding marketplace, are disrupting legacy solutions and established platforms. Despite such growth, however, there have been a few constants, such as the R programming language. As other…

Beyond Gaming: Three Practical Applications For Oculus Rift

Beyond Gaming: Three Practical Applications For Oculus Rift

Three Practical Applications For Oculus Rift  Since the announcement of the Oculus Rift in 2012 gamers and game developers alike have been frenzied trying to both get their hands on the unit or build their own proprietary VR machine. The VR gold rush has since lead to the announcement of Project Morpheus from Sony and…

Popular

Cloud-Based VOIP – 4 Alternatives To Skype

Cloud-Based VOIP – 4 Alternatives To Skype

Cloud-Based VOIP – 4 Alternatives To Skype Skype is the most popular cloud-based VOIP service. Since being bought out by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011 the company has grown to more than 300 million users and now accounts for 34% of all international calls. Some people don’t want to use Skype though. Reports of…

5 Surprising Ways Cloud Computing Is Changing Education

5 Surprising Ways Cloud Computing Is Changing Education

Cloud Computing Education The benefits of cloud computing are being recognized in businesses and institutions across the board, with almost 90 percent of organizations currently using some kind of cloud-based application. The immediate benefits of cloud computing are obvious: cloud-based applications reduce infrastructure and IT costs, increase accessibility, enable collaboration, and allow organizations more flexibility…

PaaS vs Docker – why is it such a heated debate?

PaaS vs Docker – why is it such a heated debate?

PaaS vs Docker Docker started as just a software container on top of a Linux operating system which seemed like a simple optimization for a fat hypervisor. Its disruptive force however comes from the fact that it does force us to rethink many of the layers of the cloud stack. Starting from the way we…

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

The Future (IoT) By the year 2020, it is being predicted that 40 to 80 billion connected devices will be in use. The Internet of Things or IoT will transform your business and home in many truly unbelievable ways. The types of products and services that we can expect to see in the next decade…

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Monetizing Internet Of Things There are many interesting ways in which companies are looking to connect devices to the cloud. From the vehicles to kitchen appliances the internet of things is already a $1.9 trillion dollar market based on research estimates from IDC. Included is a fascinating infographic provided by AriaSystems which shows us some of the exciting…

Sponsored Posts

How CYOD Helps Make Hybrid Cloud More Productive And More Secure

How CYOD Helps Make Hybrid Cloud More Productive And More Secure

How CYOD Helps Make Hybrid Cloud More Productive and More Secure Recent analysis by IDG/DELL has found that companies are expecting “increased IT efficiencies” and “lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) with optimized application delivery” as they move toward hybrid cloud and private cloud deployment. In short, they expect things to work better and cost…

Cloud Logo Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7


Contributor Spotlight

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Branded Content Programs

Advertising