The issue of cloud sovereignty is increasingly becoming a sticking point for EU regulators, and companies are beginning to recognize it, according to research by Capgemini.
A survey found that more than two-thirds (69%) of organizations cited the potential exposure to extraterritorial laws in a cloud environment as a potential issue.
Another 68% cited a lack of visibility and control over what happens to their data in the cloud as a potential issue, while 67% cited operational reliance on vendors based outside of their region’s jurisdiction.
How are companies reacting?
A large majority – 71% – of organizations surveyed said they will take cloud sovereignty to ensure compliance, while 67% said they will introduce additional controls over their data, while 65% said they will they will ensure immunity from extraterritorial data access .
But despite fears on the horizon. The majority of companies are positive about the issue, with 60% of respondents believing that cloud sovereignty will facilitate data sharing between trusted ecosystem partners.
Additionally, 42% of the companies surveyed believe that a trusted, interoperable cloud service could help them scale emerging technologies such as 5G, AI and IoT.
Cloud providers are definitely stepping up to accommodate the changing needs of businesses.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has introduced new sovereign cloud regions for its customers in Europe, designed to enable private and public organizations across the EU to provide cloud hosting for data and applications that are sensitive, regulated, or of strategic regional importance are .
“When designing their cloud strategies, companies should not only focus on compliance requirements, but also have a true ‘enterprise view’ of their data,” said Marc Reinhardt, Head of Public Sector at Capgemini, benefits of sovereign cloud, including trust , collaboration and innovation, even in the most sensitive areas of data, and builds a competitive advantage or better service for its customers.”
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Not only Oracle is moving to meet these demands.
Google has announced a new suite of tools for Google Workspace that will offer new ‘digital sovereignty’ opportunities to public and private organizations in the EU.
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