French Government Starts Doomed Cloud Computing Consortium

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The French government, telecoms firm Orange, enterprise software firm Dassault Systemes and electronics firm Thales are starting a cloud computing consortium. The consortium will build big data centres and provide secure hosting for French government bodies as well as corporations. The project, codenamed Andromède, was started in 2009 with French government stimulus funds, and the partnership was signed Friday and will be announced soon, AFP reports. The consortium’s financing and governance haven’t yet been nailed down, and the unions of the respective institutions involved have to sign off on it. 

Stimulus funds, consortia, huge corporations going out of their core competencies, French government and union meddling and big buzzwords like cloud computing… It’s like a perfect picture of a trainwreck. Amazon has nothing to worry about. 

(Via La Tribune in French)

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