The pandemic has highlighted how integral technology is to help us work, shop and interact with each other. As more of our critical infrastructure and services become dependent on software hosted in the cloud, outages are more than just an inconvenience.
But many businesses are playing a risky game with their cloud providers. They often use one main provider, located in a small number of places around the world – meaning if downtime occurs, they are left high and dry. On top of this, there are various data sovereignty and privacy concerns associated with using one sole provider across borders.
In this piece we’ll explore the changing weather of cloud infrastructure, including the rise of local providers, the increasing data sovereignty complications, and how diversifying to a multi-cloud approach can help businesses address these challenges.
Local cloud optionsWhen choosing a cloud provider, large organisations are often drawn to using one of the ‘big five’ suppliers. Of these, four of the five (Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM) are American.
With the US having recently passed the CLOUD act, which has provisions that enable the US government to demand access to data stored by American companies overseas, many companies that handle sensitive information are concerned about the privacy aspect of storing their data with these US-based companies.
Businesses are therefore considering building their online presence across providers within each jurisdiction they operate in. By seeking local market providers who provide cloud-based durability, cost-effectiveness and ease-of-use, they can rest assured that they are operating within the legal framework of each country they are established in.
These local options are expected to increase over the next few years, given moves to promote competition, such as the EU’s recent ruling that countries should be encouraging local providers over the large US-based cloud vendors.
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