Should Europe build its own cloud technology, or use existing developments?
The biggest public cloud is delivered by Amazon, an American company that delivers its cloud infrastructure through data centres in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
The biggest open source clouds (Eucalyptus and OpenStack) were originally developed in the United States, and US contributors continue to dominate the code contributions.
But Europe does have plenty of home-grown cloud solutions.
In a post on my blog today I talk about some of these local companies, and ask whether or not we'll see more in the future. Will new cloud companies continue to develop their own cloud technology, or will they ride on the back of existing open source efforts such as OpenStack and Eucalyptus? Will they resell commercial solutions from companies like VMware and Microsoft, or write their own from scratch?
Europe's Digital Agenda should care about Europe and Europe's citizens being well placed to maximise the benefits offered by the cloud. Europe's Digital Agenda should care deeply about European companies being able to monetise that cloud, to grow, and to deliver value.
But should Europe's Digital Agenda care whether Europe's clouds are 'Made In Europe', or not?
Is a European company running an OpenStack cloud 'better' than an American company running an OpenStack cloud in a European data centre?
Is a European company running a home-grown cloud 'better' than a European company running an imported cloud?
Do we care? Should we care? Once we get past FUD, and edge cases where jurisdiction and sovereignty really do matter, is it something we should be concerned with at a European level?