EC Press Release, 2 March 2011, CEBIT2011, Hannover, Germany

Digital Agenda: how cloud computing can boost Europe’s competitiveness

European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes visited the CeBIT2011 information technology (IT) exhibition in Hannover, Germany on 2 and 3 March, where the main theme is cloud computing.

Here’s her statement on RESERVOIR:

The RESERVOIR project concerns how a European cloud computing infrastructure could be built. The research project focusses on developing software that would make available underused computing resources from various suppliers and provide them as a service to companies and public administrations in need of such resources. The aim is to enable companies with underused computing resources to make their infrastructure available as a “cloud service”. RESERVOIR is building technology for a European “cloud”, allowing European companies to easily become a cloud provider using the RESERVOIR software.

RESERVOIR aims to enable the delivery of services on an on-demand basis, at competitive costs, and without requiring a large capital investment in infrastructure. To achieve this, RESERVOIR has developed open source software (called OpenNebula) that can offer widespread cloud services in the EU which can be downloaded for free. Spanish telecoms company Telefónica and the European Organisation for Nuclear Research CERN are already using this open source software to provide cloud services.

The project is carried out by industry, universities, research centres in Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom . It is funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme with €10.5 million (total project cost of €17.22 million). It started in February 2008 and is expected to finish in March 2011.

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