The British Computer Society – BCS – ‘The Chartered Institute for IT’ has got a post on its web-site calling for contributions to “EC Public Consultation on Cloud Computing.”
The post states: “The development of a European Cloud Computing Strategy is one of the actions of the Digital Agenda; Europe’s strategy for a flourishing digital economy by 2020.”
Why Cloud Computing when PCs come with half a terabyte of HDD; multi-TByte external drives are available for £100; wired telcos are barely increasing investment in cable; and wireless telcos are congenitally behind the curve on demand?
So why Cloud Computing – i.e. storing your programmes and data remotely rather than on your hard disc, when a TByte or two of local storage should satisfy most people’s lifetime requirement for programmes and data storage, and when reliance on flaky, over-crowded, often unreliable, sometime non-existent and usually slow links is a recipe for frustration?
Furthermore, what ‘development’ could profitably be organised by the EC when the whole Cloud Computing thing depends on installing LTE and fibre-optic cables and that is the responsibility of the telcos?
Cynics might suggest that ‘The development of a European Cloud Computing Strategy’ is a vague, broad catch-all title for almost any IT project.
Anyone with a project involving storage, processing or networking would stand a chance of qualifying for Euro-largesse under such a widely drawn proposal.
Is this wishy-washy Euro-thinking on technology, designed so the Eurocracy can get another fund of tax-payers’ money into which to dip their fingers?
I think it might be.