The Dangers of European Clouds A recent study by ITIL just predicted that the US cloud industry stands to lose $21.5 – $35 billion over the next few years related to loss of market share due to PRISM. Is the marketing arm of US cloud providers on vacation? Europeans (including residents of the UK and other parts of the world) have been justifiably outraged by the revelations of Edward Snowden about the US’ data mining of non-citizen information. Maybe. The truth is that most European governments can access their citizens’ data when held in country with far less due process than the
Government Intrusion Into The Cloud The latest revelations about our government’s surveillance of “telephony metadata” is a scandal for some but a yawner for most Americans. 56% said they didn’t mind as long as the information was being used to catch terrorists. The thing is that while Contractor Snowden named names: PRISM, Microsoft, Verizon, Google, he didn’t tell us anything that hasn’t been in the press for years – even decades. But, what if you run a cloud service, communications network or even an email server, and receive a government demand for customer data? Can you tell your customers? Should
Making Cloud Adoption in China a Reality (In Spite of Data Privacy and State “Secret” Laws) Cloud computing has become a hot growth area in China, driven by both large-scale government initiatives and private investment. However, as alluring as the cloud is in China, for foreign firms trying to do business there, the uncertain legal environment can create a number of serious challenges. Comprehensive, national regulations on data privacy remain in the draft stage, so for now, data privacy rules are “vague” and are often at the mercy of government interpretation. The legal framework for cloud services is flexible to
India Takes To The Cloud India is the global capital city of outsourcing. As a primary element of cloud computing, outsourcing has propagated the need for most countries to adopt cloud computing, with India being at the front line. The role of telecommunication companies in the expansion of cloud computing is clearly indicated through the entry of Bharti Airtel into the category of service providers. Actually, the India’s largest telecommunications service provider has joined hand with Microsoft to supply elements of the office suite to small and medium enterprises in the country. In essence, this partnership is deemed an important
US to Europe: “Eat My Cloud Dust” Europe may trump the United States in such matters as academic prosperity in mathematics and sciences, as we know it celebrates its monarchs with far more compelling pomp and circumstance that we could possibly muster for our heads of state. But clout in cloud remains one discipline in which America continues to exert overwhelming dominance over the continent across the pond. This isn’t to say that nations like France, Germany, and even economically beleaguered Greece aren’t curious about cloud and the shot in the arm it could offer to their collective IT acumen.