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More gated Amazon Web Services mini-clouds could pop up outside the U.S. going forward.

Amazon Web Services is the world’s largest public cloud but get ready, it’ll only get bigger and it may well show up in more “gated” configurations around the world.

In this country, Amazon hosts Gov.cloud, a U.S.-only cloud for local, state, federal and some other workloads. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels left the door wide open to a possible proliferation of that model outside the U.S. going forward. Vogels spoke at GigaOM’s Structure conference in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon.

Asked if Amazon might replicate that Gov.Cloud model abroad, Vogels said the company continues to evaluate those scenarios but he pushed back on the term Gov.Cloud. “We call them community or members-only clouds. They are gated,” he said.

He cited FinQloud, an AWS-based cloud for the use of and managed by NASDAQ as an example. GigaOM recently reported that it would make sense for Amazon to replicate that example in other scenarios given data privacy and other concerns in some countries. The widely-reported private cloud contract AWS won for a private CIA cloud is another example.

“We get asked to put the cloud in every country. Everyone wants Amazon to be everywhere,” Vogels said.

Still, given the PRISM controversy, U.S. cloud providers may find it a tough row to hoe going forward to sell cloud capacity in Europe. If German authorities suspect an American cloud provider will disclose consumer data to a U.S. government agency, it will hesitate to allow use of that provider’s service on its own soil. It’s unclear whether a “gated” Amazon cloud would assuage such worries.

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