£5m support takes innovation into the cloud

£5m support takes innovation into the cloud

20 Dec 2012

Thirteen business-led research and development projects that will address business and technology challenges impeding the adoption of cloud computing are to share £5 million of government support.

Previous studies backed by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board (www.innovateuk.org) have shown that three overarching issues present a challenge to adoption for many organisations – interoperability, resilience of data and identity assurance.  These projects will look to demonstrate how new or improved value chains and networks can be created, and show where value can be increased by offering innovative information, content and services in the cloud.  Including investment by the participating companies the total value of the projects is around £10 million.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said:

“The market for cloud computing services is growing by 26% each year.  It is an area with exceptional potential for growth.  Finding the correct balance between trust and flexibility, without compromising security, is vital.  Through this support we aim to help UK suppliers of cloud infrastructure and outsourced IT services to work together on the challenges that are holding-back the adoption of cloud computing, in order to capture a bigger share of this expanding market.”

Ten collaborative R&D projects – led by Arjuna Technologies Ltd, BAE Systems Ltd, BBC, Building Research Establishment, Jaguar Land Rover (2 projects), MobiBiz Ltd, Smoke and Mirrors Productions Ltd, Telefónica UK Ltd and Worknet Ltd – and lasting up to two years will share grant awards totalling £4.74 million.  And three ‘fast-track’ projects, lasting up to 12 months, will each receive up to £75,000.  These will be led by AIMES Grid Services CIC Ltd, Metrarc Ltd and ThinkingSafe Ltd.

The aim of the projects supported by this funding is to develop systems, services and software that help to resolve challenges such as interoperability (for example the ability to use more than one supplier and build hybrid services, and ease of changing from one supplier to another), resilience of data (particularly in areas such as maintaining confidentiality and privacy, and ensuring data integrity) and identity assurance.

View the press release including notes to editors here


Last updated on Thursday 20 December 2012 at 15:32

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