The Irish government has announced that it will invest 1.2 million Euros in a new research programme which aims to put the country on the cutting edge of cloud technology.
The launch of the Cloud Computing Technology Research Centre was announced by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. Funding for the project will be spread across a consortium of institutions which will carry out research to further explore various areas of cloud technology.
These include cloud computing architecture, service management issues, and cloud security, the latter being one of the main bugbears when it comes to cautious adoption of the technology.
The intuitions involved in the research programme will include Dublin City University (which will lead the project), University College Cork, and the Athlone Institute of Technology.
Bruton commented: "A key part of this Government's plan for growth and jobs is identifying areas where we believe Ireland has distinct advantages compared to other countries, and taking steps necessary to ensure that we realise our potential in those areas.
"Cloud computing is one such sector, and the Government believes that between our climate, skills base, telecoms connectivity and existing strengths in ICT, we have the potential to reap substantial benefits in terms of jobs and growth from the global expansion of this sector."
He added: "[The Cloud Computing Technology Research Centre] will follow international best practice in bringing academic researchers together with industry so as to ensure that our research strengths are targeted at answering questions that will help companies create viable business ideas and ultimately jobs in this area."
Source: Silicon Republic