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International companies are still wary of cloud adoption because of concerns over data security and legal exposure, including very specific worries from European businesses about American government interference in the wake of the Patriot Act.

Jurgen Urbanski, Tony Lucas, Steve Collen Structure 2012
photo: Pinar Ozger
Jurgen Urbanski, Tony Lucas, Steve Collen Structure 2012

(L to R) Jurgen Urbanski of T-Systems, Tony Lucas of Flexiant, Steve Collen of Huawei<br />(c) 2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com

International companies are still wary of cloud adoption because of concerns over data security and legal exposure, including worries about American government interference.

Speaking at GigaOM’s Structure 2012 conference in San Francisco, Juergen Urbanski of Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems said that European customers, in particular, were wary of moving to the cloud because of their security fears.

“In Europe, security and compliance is a big issue,” he said. “In fact it is definitely the No. 1 obstacle to the faster adoption of cloud services.”

However, he suggested that most of these concerns were misplaced.

“If you peel back the onion a little bit, about 90 percent of those concerns are really perception versus reality — in other words, it’s evident to everyone that your money is better off in the bank, but with data, people are like ‘is it really safer in the cloud?'”

“Keep in mind that the issue of the U.S. Patriot Act is way overblown in the minds of European customers,” he added. “They will go to great length to keep their data outside the realm of discoverability, outside of U.S. data centers or U.S.-run data centers.”

Tony Lucas of Scottish cloud orchestration software provider Flexiant, agreed that it was an important issue — but said that the development of cloud services meant it would eventually shake out.

“Perception is probably the biggest issue, especially in Europe, each country has different perceptions on how comfortable they are with those things,” he said.

“If you rewind 15 years, these things weren’t a problem because data portability was near impossible — so in some ways it’s a problem of our own creation that is not a concern to most people,” he added. “Most workloads now and ever are going to be whizzing around between different cloud platforms as fast as they possibly can, every time they can save a cent per hour on running it.”

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  1. Let’s be clear. NOTHING IS SECURE IN THE CLOUD – NOTHING. By the definition of what ‘experts’ far and wide want us to believe, that a fully dispersed, abstract instantiation of your ‘private’ information is safe and secure from bandits, thieves and prying eyes is idiocy.

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  2. Oh, and BTW, if the recent announcements of The Flame global bandit invented by lovely human intelligence folks, AND ideas like that of the newly published scheme of network ‘clones’ (recently patented by Apple and DEPLOYED BY NORTEL) and their inherent ability to be ‘nice’ to you in the cyber world is absolute folly… AND, if you believe any of these cloud security ‘experts’, you get to proceed with your life at your own peril…

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