Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 12/2014

The Next Epoch in Cloud Computing: Implications for Integrated Research and Innovation Strategy

Kenji E. Kushida, Jonathan Murray, Patrick Scaglia, John Zysman

September 2014

Asia-Pacific Research Center


The advent of Cloud computing as the new underlying global infrastructure of computing presents distinctive new opportunities and challenges for Europe. Cloud computing is transforming computing resources from a scarce to an abundant resource, driving a wave of commoditization in previously high-end software and hardware. For Europe to gain independence from US-based global scale Cloud providers, our view is that it needs to move towards a distributed model of computing with federated governance.