The Globalization of Cloud Computing

Michael Vizard

Among the bigger concerns about cloud computing relate to data governance and regulatory issues about where data can legally reside. For example, a lot of countries in Europe and Asia prohibit storing data created inside their borders on servers that are beyond their judicial reach.

For this reason, along with improved performance from being closer to users, Rackspace has become the latest cloud computing provider to deploy its platform in Europe. It already has data centers in the UK, so opening up a cloud computing service really only means deploying its cloud computing-management software on servers that are already installed.

Over time, these distributed services will be federated to give customers that do business internally a cloud computing platform that can support their global operations, notes Pat Matthews, vice president and general manager for Cloud at Rackspace.

Technically, providers could offer services from anywhere on the globe. But this signals the globalization of cloud computing in a way that requires each provider to set up shop in the market it wants to serve. But local governments are becoming increasingly savvy about the economic implications of cloud computing, which just goes to show that like politics, all data is local.

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