Data Sovereignty

Is Data Sovereignty A Barrier To Cloud Adoption?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Allen Leinwand.

I believe that cloud-based services can offer enterprise organizations significant value. From a cost, maintenance and deployment standpoint, the cloud can deliver applications and data to help organizations move faster and be more competitive. However, this "anytime, anywhere" access to applications and data can also cause business headaches in terms of compliance. Data must be managed and controlled according to the various laws, rules and regulations of each country -- and different countries demand something different from an organization. As well, these data sovereignty initiatives need to be transparent to users.

Data Sovereignty As A Barrier To Cloud Adoption

Over and over again I hear from potential customers that one of the biggest barriers to their organization adopting the cloud is the compliance of data sovereignty laws. Enterprises work in so many different locations and with so many different vendors that it becomes difficult to guarantee the data sovereignty of information...

The Cloud’s Biggest Threat Are Data Sovereignty Laws

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Mike Ettling.

 The beauty of the cloud is the promise of simplification and standardization — without regard to physical or geographic boundaries. It’s this “any time, any place, any device” flexibility that is driving rapid adoption.
However, new government regulations on data sovereignty threaten to complicate the delivery model that has made cloud computing attractive, presenting new concerns for companies with operations in multiple countries...

Data sovereignty and the cloud: How do we fully control data amidst the cloud sprawl?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: David Auslander.

One of the basic tenets of cloud computing is the ability to provide access to resources across a geographically dispersed cloud environment. This makes the cloud ideal for global distribution of applications and data. But what about those geographies that have highly restrictive data sovereignty laws or practices, such as Germany, Austria and South Korea? What about governmental bodies attempting to protect information while utilising the cloud?

An interesting example is the German government which, in certain circumstances, will require that data on German companies and their employees never leave German soil and that only German citizens be allowed to administer said data. These data sovereignty (DS) scenarios and many others present a challenge for organizations in terms of protecting the data entrusted to them while cutting costs and gaining efficiencies associated with the cloud...

CIOs, CSOs should address cloud sovereignty uncertainty with facts

Grazed from CSO. Author: David Braue.

IT and security leaders should arm themselves with details about the location of their corporate data and use a growing comfort with cloud computing to address policy concerns about data sovereignty, a recent Gartner analysis has recommended. The research firm's The Snowden Effect: Data Location Matters report warned that knee-jerk reactions to questions about the physical location of corporate data were becoming increasingly difficult as a growing tide of organisations began to embrace offshore cloud services.

While tools such as encryption were in use to protect offshore data by 38 percent of 221 executives surveyed by Gartner, many organisations never got that far. With IT leaders often “entangled” in discussions on the issue with stakeholders and advisors from legal, customer, regulatory, management and other organisations, an overall fear of committing data to overseas cloud services had been reinforced by ambiguous guidance on the issue...

Data sovereignty: Up in the clouds

Grazed from TheInterpreter. Author: Philippa Nicole Barr.

The surprise recent decision of the European Court of Justice to make Google responsible for removing search result information demonstrates the ambiguous sovereignty of online data. In recent years there has been a trend toward de-territorialisation of business and government operations, storing data and operations in an online cloud so it can be accessed by partners at multiple locations in one country or internationally.

Yet the easy technical passage across international borders is met by regulatory complexities. A company with data in the cloud is subject both to the laws of the nation hosting the server and to their own local laws regarding how that data should be protected, leading to a potential conflict of laws over data sovereignty...

Dealing with data sovereignty issues and the Cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Randall Jackson.

The issue of data sovereignty is starting to drive business decision making with regard to data held in the cloud, according to New Zealand email security and hosting company SMX. SMX co-founder and chief technology officer, Thom Hooker, said government organisations are particularly sensitive about the sovereignty issue, which is a driver behind SMX’s high uptake among government and local government organisations.

More than half of New Zealand’s local government organisations and around one third of the District Health Boards have now subscribed to SMX’s cloud service. Hooker said data sovereignty is an even more important issue nowadays as businesses begin to move mail servers to the Cloud...

Cloud Computing: Data sovereignty - Are you covered?

Grazed from HCAMag.  Author: Cameron Edmond.

Cloud computing and the opportunities that come with it have quickly swept through the business world, and most organisations wouldn’t be blamed if they weren’t quite sure where the path leads.

Although the concept of offshore data storage is anything but new, its recent proliferation has meant that an understanding of the laws and regulations involved may be further behind than anyone wants to admit...

Data sovereignty and security issues with the Cloud will be overcome in 2013: NetSuite

Grazed from ARN. Author: Patrick Budmar.

If NetSuite APAC managing director, Mark Troselj, were to sum up 2012, it was a year centred on the Cloud. And this is expected to continue well into next year. Or more accurately, the accelerated adoption of Cloud computing by multi-billion dollar enterprise companies, locally and globally. “We're already seeing this,” Troselj said, “and expect it to happen more in 2013.”

For Troselj, seeing major enterprises like the Commonwealth Bank of Australia openly declaring this year that Cloud computing saves it millions of dollars was proof of this. “Not to mention the bank denouncing traditional excuses for not adopting the cloud as ‘rubbish,’” he said...

Bank CIO dismisses security, data sovereignty as cloud barriers as 'Absolute garbage'

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Rohan Pearce.

Commonwealth Bank CIO Michael Harte today told participants at a Sydney event organised by's cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services (AWS), that data sovereignty and security have been used as unjustified excuses to stop businesses moving to the cloud.

"The favourite [excuses] I used to hear when I talked to the big household names in infrastructure equipment was, 'It doesn't look very secure Michael. You can't do that. And there's data sovereignty; you'd want to look very, very carefully at that. And this on-demand pricing — no we just can't do that we've got rules saying specifically we can't."...