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Few things are certain in computing, but the shift to the white and fluffy seems irrepressible. One prediction the European Centre for Midrange Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) seems confident in making, then, is that it needs to up its game in cloud computing. In a pre-qualification round of procurement, ECMWF said it is looking for …

  1. ThatOne Silver badge
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    Cloudy with a chance of forecast

    Weather forecasters are bound to want "cloud" computing...

    1. Vikingforties
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      Re: Cloudy with a chance of forecast

      Great to see this. We need more blue sky thinking in cloud strategy.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Cloudy with a chance of forecast

        Is that blue sky thinking a different shade of azure?

  2. cookieMonster
    Pint

    portmanteau

    +1

    Nice one, have a pint

    1. Warm Braw Silver badge

      Re: portmanteau

      Although if you always carry a coat, it doesn't show much faith in the weather forecast.

  3. john.jones.name
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    only JUST in the UK as of December 10th

    Dublin tried to entice ECMWF to relocate it was only recently that they renewed the UK Government commitment to build new headquarters and research facilities for ECMWF on the University’s Whiteknights campus, as confirmed by the UK Science Minister, Amanda Solloway, on 10 December.

    “We welcome the clear statement from the UK Science Minister Amanda Solloway, which highlights the strong UK commitment to relocate ECMWF’s core work to new premises at the University of Reading.

    “Reading is one of the world’s leading scientific centres for weather, climate and environmental science. The combined power of researchers based at the University of Reading, including units of the UK Met Office and the Natural Environment Research Council, plus the core work of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, will continue to represent a scientific force that benefits the whole world.”

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: only JUST in the UK as of December 10th

      This is going to be an interesting natural experiment of Brexit - how many of these "Staffing Resource Units" you can move move/replace and what side effects there are from moving a world center of expertise from London to GDansk.

      Postdocs or $MM bonus paid traders you can move to Frankfurt on a whim. But telling finance lawyers or meterologists with 30 year careers and families that from next week they are working in Ruritania because of some pork-barrel deal on an office reloaction might provoke a different reaction.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Re: only JUST in the UK as of December 10th

        " from next week they are working in Ruritania "

        Using a make-believe country to illustrate something about Brexit is comedic genius.

      2. Eddie G

        Re: only JUST in the UK as of December 10th

        There is a required spilt in personnel; anyone directly paid by the (EU funded) Copernicus programme is due to move out of the (post Brexit) UK. This includes, for example, a lot of the climate services projects.

  4. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    On premises cloud computing environment

    Isn't that what we used to call a computer ?

    Typing this on my horizontal writing surface attached, separated keyboard, non wirelessly communicating smart-phone

    1. NeilPost Silver badge

      Re: On premises cloud computing environment

      Ask Amazon Outposts.

    2. Eddie G

      Re: On premises cloud computing environment

      Well, this facility will be in Italy ... whilst most of its users will be elsewhere in Europe. So it's not that odd a description.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Portmanteau"

    What is this? Bloody Wikipedia???

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: "Portmanteau"

      Maybe you should expand your vocabulary a little. "Portmanteau" is the normal term to describe a new word created by the elision of two or more pre-existing words.

      1. TimMaher Silver badge
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        Re: "Portmanteau"

        Which is exactly what “port” “manteau” is.

        Good description.

  6. jfollows

    Get the name right, please

    European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

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