Intelligent Data Centres Issue 42 - Page 18

DATA CENTRE PREDICTIONS
is primarily driven by regulation and organisations ’ need to control their data , but they also expect it to build trust , foster collaboration and accelerate the move to a data-sharing ecosystem .
According to the report , organisations have some concerns about using the public cloud as the core of Digital Transformation projects : 69 % of organisations cite potential exposure to extra-territorial laws in a cloud environment , 68 % a lack of transparency and control over what is done with their data in the cloud and 67 % mention operational dependency on vendors based outside their region ’ s jurisdiction .
A large majority of organisations globally believe they will adopt cloud sovereignty to ensure compliance with regulations ( 71 %) or to bring in controls and transparency over their data ( 67 %), whereas ensuring immunity from extraterritorial data access ( 65 %) comes third .
Nearly half of organisations ( 43 %) globally define cloud sovereignty as keeping their data within their preferred jurisdiction , whatever the origin of the cloud provider , whereas only 14 % define it as the exclusive use of cloud providers based in the same legal jurisdiction .
When selecting a cloud provider , the four key factors organisations focus on primarily are identity , access management and encryption ( 82 %), isolation of their sensitive data in the cloud ( 81 %) and cost competitiveness ( 69 %) and having local / regional data centres ( 66 %).
Demand for cloud services is shifting in line with new expectations around sovereignty
When asked about their expected cloud environment for the next 1 – 3 years , more than one-third ( 38 %) of organisations expect to have a public / hybrid cloud environment with local data centres . A total of 30 % expect to use a disconnected version or the local legal entity of a hyperscaler , whereas 11 % plan to work exclusively with cloud providers based within the same legal jurisdiction .
Nearly half ( 48 %) of public sector organisations are either already considering cloud sovereignty as a part of their cloud strategy or planning to include it in the next 12 months . They are slightly more driven by complying with regulations ( 76 % versus 70 % for private organisations ) and ensuring immunity from extra-territorial data access ( 69 % versus 64 %). However , they are also expecting more data-related benefits from sovereign cloud than private organisations .
Fostering collaboration and data-sharing ecosystems
The report also indicates that , while meeting highest regulatory concerns and
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