Removing Cloud Barriers in Europe
Blog Article Published: 10/10/2012
No one is immune to the ever-changing technology forecast, but one constant (at least for the near future) appears to be global cloud cover. Cloud computing is arguably the most dominant theme on every enterprise’s IT list, but in Europe, it’s being met with some key challenges. The European Commission acknowledges that Europe must become more “cloud active” to stay competitive in the global economy, but public cloud adoption is fragmented and lags behind the US by some three to five years. So what’s stopping cloud adoption in Europe? Major cumulative barriers to adoption include concerns surrounding legal jurisdiction and data security. Cloud computing and IT security companies know all too well that data privacy laws vary greatly around the world – a key challenge for global enterprises as they seek to adopt the cloud. Each country/geography they operate in has specific data regulations that must be met. And each country/geography in which they store and process data, which may be different from where they physically operate, also has specific data laws that must be followed. To complicate matters, these rules and regulations are very likely to change over time, particularly as technological advances emerge and government regulators fine tune their policies. In a recent study entitled “Cloud in Europe: Uptake, Benefits, Barriers, and Market Estimates” research firm IDC surveyed European business users and consumers. IDC’s research uncovered 12 key obstacles ranging from cloud data residency and security issues to slow performance and limited tax incentives for capital spending. But the majority of survey respondents (62.2 percent) cited four specific barriers, primarily related to data control:
- 1. Legal jurisdiction: Where the does the service reside? Where does the data reside? What if I don’t want my data stored in a specific country?
- 2. Security and data protection: Who is responsible for security, data protection, and backups? What happens if something goes wrong?
- 3. Trust: How do I tell which services are reliable? Who guarantees data integrity and availability?
- 4. Data access and portability: Once I sign a contract, how much interoperability will I have? Can I interact with different services and move my data from one service provider to another?
- What sensitive data needs to remain private and protected?
- What level of protection is required?
- Who needs access to the data?
- What laws and jurisdiction govern information and are they likely to change over time?