New e-ScienceBriefing on Cloud computing

Cloud computing is at the centre of the latest e-ScienceBriefing, published today by the e-ScienceTalk project.

The new installment, entitled 'Cloud Computing: What's on the horizon?', looks at the many faces and challenges of cloud computing.

The report, part of a series aimed at decisions and policy-makers, discusses the European Union's vision for cloud computing and quotes Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda, saying that Europe needs to be more than "cloud friendly" - it should be "cloud active".

The eScienceBriefing also discusses the different aspect of cloud computing and the differences between the Infrastructure, Platform and Software as Services (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) business models, as well as the use of clouds for science and the importance of standards.